Accusing the Punjab government of "turning a blind eye" to the interests of traders, Congress member of Parliament Manish Tewari on Sunday said the business community should be taken into confidence before any key decision that affects the community.
"The government must avoid making unilateral decisions without taking the trading community into confidence," the Congress spokesperson said. "Don't think they are thieves, talk to them and, listen to them," he added.
Supporting the demands of the traders, who are opposing the power tariff hike and other "anti-trade" policies of the government, Tewari said, "The SAD-BJP government has turned a blind eye to public interest."
The Congress leader claimed that the government was now trying to "rob" the trading community by imposing tough conditions. "If the government really wanted to do something with the finances and taxes, it should have taken the traders into confidence," he said, adding that even the traders were not averse to anything against the welfare of the state.