Traders stopped from holding Phoolbagh meet
THE district administration today stopped Shyam Bihari Misra group to hold a state-level convention at Phoolbagh ground here today. This led to resentment among 3,000 traders who had come to take part in the convention along file nominations. The traders then moved to Rajasthan Bhawan but they were not allowed to take their vehicles there.india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 00:32 IST
THE district administration today stopped Shyam Bihari Misra group to hold a state-level convention at Phoolbagh ground here today. This led to resentment among 3,000 traders who had come to take part in the convention along file nominations. The traders then moved to Rajasthan Bhawan but they were not allowed to take their vehicles there.
It is worth mentioning that Shyam Bihari Misra group of traders had announced to start election process for UP Udyog Vyapar Mandal during the convention which was scheduled to be held at Phoolbagh ground on Saturday. The ground was allotted by Kanpur Municipal Corporation on payment of requisite amount. A prior information was given to the district magistrate and the SSP, claimed Uttar Pradesh Udyog Vyapar Mandal president Shyam Bihari Misra.
Suddenly, the district administration, with the police force, swung into action and dismantled the pandal erected for the convention.
The police force did not allow the traders to enter the ground. District magistrate Deepak Kumar was quoted saying that since the deputy registrar of Registrar of Firms and Societies has termed the elections of Shyam Bihari group as invalid, the district administration did not allow holding of convention and filing of nomination papers.
The Kanpur Municipal Corporation authorities, on the other hand, had cancelled the allotment of the ground to the traders’ body. Additional Municipal Commissioner Raghvendra Vikram Singh, refusing to divulge any details, said allotment had been cancelled due to ‘some unavoidable circumstances’.
After finding no other option, the traders decided to shift to Rajasthan Bhawan to hold the convention and begin the election process, but the police prevented them from going to Rajasthan Bhavan on vehicles. The traders went on foot to the Bhawan to take part in the convention. Till the filing of the report, the election process was in progress.
Undemocratic action: UPVM chief
TERMING THE district administration’s stand on holding traders’ convention and initiation of election process as an attack on the democracy, Uttar Pradesh Udyog Vyapar Mandal president Shyam Bihari Misra announced closure of all business establishments on March 2. Talking to mediapersons, Misra said that it was an attack on democratic rights of traders by the state government.
Criticising the authorities, he said the administration had acted in an undemocratic manner, and they did so although prior notice was sent about the convention and a sum of Rs 35,000 was paid to the KMC as allotment fee for Phoolbagh ground. He categorically said that neither any trader nor he himself received anything in writing from the deputy registrar regarding the validity of the elections. He called for dharna on February 20 and UP bandh on March 2.
First Published: Feb 12, 2006 00:32 IST