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Kejriwal, Sisodia rally behind traders, visit wholesale hubs

Kejriwal went to the Azadpur fruit and vegetable market while Sisodia visited Chandni Chowk.

delhi Updated: Nov 12, 2016 22:23 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal with shopkeepers in New Delhi on Saturday.(Ravi Choudhary/HIndustan Times)

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday met traders to understand the problems they are being facing due to demonetisation.

Kejriwal went to the Azadpur fruit and vegetable market while Sisodia visited Chandni Chowk.

After meeting the traders, Kejriwal tweeted that prime minister Narendra Modi should take action against the “big and powerful corrupt” rather than “harass the ‘aam aadmi’ (common man)”.

Expressing his concern over shortage of notes, the CM tweeted, “Met traders and labourers at Azadpur Mandi. (Demonetisation) could adversely affect daily supply of fruits and vegetables to Delhi if liquidity problem is not solved. (I) am worried.” Kejriwal went to the readymade garments wholesale market in Gandhi Nagar.

Traders in Chandni Chowk told Sisodia lack of cash has hit their businesses and they were facing problems in meeting even their daily expenses. He met about a dozen traders around Gouri Shankar Mandir.

“Neither do we have cash nor do the customers. We are facing a livelihood crisis,” Kishan Kumar, a street vendor, told the deputy chief minister as he stopped by his stall.

The traders said the number of customers had dwindled over the last few days. Some customers were still coming with the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

Read: Demonetisation a big scam, surgical strike on poor: Kejriwal demands rollback

“There is no work. Most customers do not have the new bank notes. They are still coming with the old notes. Rumours too are affecting business,” Ajay Babu Saxena, a shop owner, told Sisodia.

“Modiji had said the move (to demonetise high-value currency notes) will put an end to black money. Do these traders have black money? They do not even have money to pay the school fees of their children or salaries to their staff,” the deputy chief minister told reporters.

The traders expressed concern over rumours of VAT raids by the trade department of the Delhi government. Sisodia assured them that no such raid will be conducted. Chandni Chowk MLA Alka Lamba and members of the AAP’s traders’ wing accompanied Sisodia during his visit.

Meanwhile, the transporters’ association said the industry is facing worst crisis . “The supply of essential commodities such milk, vegetable, fruits, and medicines will get affected. There is acute financial crunch as the goods as well as passenger vehicles pay taxes in cash,” said the association.

First Published: Nov 12, 2016 22:23 IST