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Traders sore with Central, State govts

india Updated: Oct 29, 2006 00:55 IST

LAUNCHING A scathing attack on the Central and State governments, national president of Akhil Bhartiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal Sandeep Bansal alleged that these governments had used traders for their own “interest”.

Talking to media persons here on Saturday, Bansal alleged that while the Union government was responsible for increasing prices of essential commodities, the State had failed to maintain law and order scenario in UP.

“The UPA government not only imposed around one dozen new taxes such as VAT, Fringe Benefit Tax, Service Tax and Additional Excise Duty etc. but also hiked the prices of petrol and diesel seven times since it came to power in the year 2004”, he said.

He alleged that the Samajwadi Party-led State government had failed to maintain law and order in the State as a result of which a number of traders were being exploited. He said that civic body election would change the scenario of state and country’s politics.

President of Akhil Bhartiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal said that the organisation had decided to extend its support to Bhartiya Janta Party in civic body election.

He said the traders community was reluctant to participate in the election because of the apathetic attitude of political parties towards them.

He called upon the traders community to come forward and choose a traders-friendly government.

“It is up to you to choose your government”, he told the traders. He also exhorted them to vote in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party mayoral candidate for Varanasi Nagar Nigam, Kaushalendra Singh and Pushparani Gupta, party candidate contesting the post of chairperson of Ramnagar nagar