Former Karnataka chief minister and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Sunday alleged that the ruling Congress government has introduced a new tax called ‘YST’, accusing the state government of indulging in corruption.
“A new tax system YST (Yathindra Siddaramaiah Tax) has been introduced by the government,” he said in an
indirect reference to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s son, Dr Yathindra Siddaramaiah. Yathindra, who was elected as an MLA from Varuna constituency in 2018, vacated his seat for his father in 2023.
‘YST’ tax collection is going on in Karnataka just as GST is collected across the country, H D Kumaraswamy said.
“There is a GST in the country. Under this government, they have started some tax called YST. I am trying to find out what that is,” Kumaraswamy told reporters outside the JD(S) office in Bengaluru.
When asked to elaborate, he merely told the reporters to ask the same question to those who are holding ‘midnight meetings’ with officials. You should ask those who had deputed officials for this transfer business,” he said.
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“Ask those who have got on to the field and are conducting meetings clandestinely,” Kumaraswamy replied.
When asked what YST meant, he said he did not know what it was. “People are talking in public that they have started a new tax called YST.
Ahead of the state legislature session starting Monday, Kumaraswamy has chosen to attack the Congress government alleging a cash-for-transfer scam.
Alleging that there was “transfer business” going on in the state, the JD(S) second-in-command said everyone knows under whose nose these activities are going on, but did not elaborate.
On whether the JD(S) would attend the BJP-led opposition parties’ meeting, he said, “There was no invitation to the JD(S) for the opposition parties’ meet convened by the BJP in Bengaluru. No one invited us, so we will not go there.”