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AAP calls for Delhi bandh tomorrow

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday called a Delhi bandh on 23 January to protest against the ongoing sealing drive by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led municipal corporations and approval to100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail.

Addressing a press conference, after the party’s Delhi state conference, AAP convener Gopal Rai said in solidarity with traders, AAP would organise a protest along with traders of the Capital.

Rai, who also Labour portfolio, said that its Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs along with other stakeholders would later participate in a march to Parliament on 29 January over the issues of sealing of commercial establishments and FDI. He added, “our parliamentarians will also raise these issues in both the Houses.”

Rai blamed the Congress government for having permitted 49 per cent FDI in retail. The BJP spiked it to 100 per cent, he remarked. Rai said the BJP-ruled municipal corporations were trying to snatch employment opportunities from people in the name of sealing business establishments.