Traders’ body announce Delhi bandh on February 2-3 against sealing drive
During the shutdown, traders will hold protest march in their respective markets. A delegation of traders will also meet all seven Lok Sabha MPs and the 70 MLAs of Delhi and submit a memorandum.Updated: Jan 27, 2018 23:26 IST
Popular wholesale and retail markets across the city are likely to remain closed on February 2 and 3 in a protest against the ongoing sealing drive in the national Capital. The bandh call has been given by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) and several traders associations have decided to support it.
This would be the second time when the traders would observe a shutdown against sealing, which commenced in the city on December 22 under the SC-appointed monitoring committee.
Earlier on January 23, thousands of shops remained shut in markets such as Khan Market, Greater Kailash 1 and 2, South Extension, Defence Colony, Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Kamla Nagar and Krishna Nagar. All major political parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is power in the three municipal corporations, had supported the traders’ demands.
“As no concrete reply or assurance has come from the Centre on sealing issue despite the bandh on January 23, we have decided to go on a 48-hour trade strike on February 2-3 to pressure on the government,” said Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general, CAIT.
The decision was taken in a joint meeting of 500 traders’ organisations at the Constitution Club on Saturday.
“We want the Union government to bring a bill in the next Parliament session, which will start from January 29, to protect businesses and traders in Delhi. The bandh will be supported by all trade leaders from all over country,” said Khandelwal.
Praveen Shankar Kapoor, secretary, Chandni Chowk Nagrik Manch, said the shops and markets in Old Delhi will remain shut on February 2 and 3.
“We are also supporting CAIT in this cause,” said Kapoor, who is also Delhi BJP’s spokesperson.
During the shutdown, traders will hold protest march in their respective markets. A delegation of traders will also meet all seven Lok Sabha MPs and the 70 MLAs of Delhi and submit a memorandum.
“The sealing is being held in a dictatorial manner without giving any reason and ignoring the fundamental provisions of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act,1957. This is unacceptable. The traders are being harassed,” said Vijay Kumar, president of South Extension I market association.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supported Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI), which claims to be associated with over 400 traders associations, has decided to call a joint meeting on January 31 to decide their course of action. “We have given time till January 31 to the Centre to bring an ordinance or a bill to grant relief to traders so we will wait till then. After that, we will take a decision on the future course of action,” said Brijesh Goel, convenor CTI.