What could be seen as a simmering problem for the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ahead of by-elections, the Patiala Vyopar Bachao Sangharsh Committee has given a call of 'Patiala bandh' on July 30 to protest against "anti-people policies" of the Punjab government.
The committee, which met on Sunday to chalk out the plan for the bandh, decided that all commercial establishments would remain closed on Wednesday.
Rakesh Gupta, president of the committee, said even emergency facilities likes medical stores would remain close, while sweet shops and vegetable stores owners would also join them by shutting down their respective establishments.
"The state government has taken several decisions in past months, which is harming the business not only in Patiala, but across the state. The business has no more remained a lucrative means of earning due to the anti-traders' policies of the government," he said.
"All ministers in the government are liars; as earlier, during the Lok Sabha elections they had promised to reduce taxes on properties and colonies, but after winning the elections nothing was done in this regard," he said.
Rajesh Gupta, vice-president of the committee, said the government must think about the common man before taking such decision. "It has become very difficult for not only small shopkeepers, but big traders also to make both ends meet," he said.
Meanwhile, the committee has also decided to hold massive protest on July 30, in which different association of traders, focal point industrial associations, farmer unions, and student associations will take part.