The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) will hold an ” all-party traders’ parliament ” over sealing of commercial establishments on 10 April at New Delhi. It is likely to be attended by leaders of prominent political parties.
CAIT released a statement saying that the meeting would discuss the gravity of issue and suggest remedial measures through mutual dialogue.
CAIT secretary general Praveen Khandelwal claimed that Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari, state Congress president Ajay Maken and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had been invited to the event besides Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, all Delhi MPs of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, leader of opposition in Assembly Vijender Gupta, deputy leader Om Prakash Sharma and all three mayors of the municipal corporations.
“CAIT will present a traders’ charter on sealing to all parties and will seek their opinion. If through a mutual understanding something concrete is evolved, CAIT will take an all-p[arty delegation to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and others as a follow up the exercise,” said Khandelwal.
The sealing issue is now becoming one of the most critical issue among the trading community since it has vital bearing on livelihood of lakhs of people in Delhi.
“Sealing of one shop is disturbing livelihood of about 20 families. Gradually this issue is inching towards 2019 elections as the traders are minutely assessing the role of political parties and in mutual conversation of traders it is becoming an election issue for 2019,” stated Khandelwal.
He informed that there are about eight lakh commercial establishments in Delhi providing employment to nearly 40 lakh people.
The families of traders and their employees are also attached to establishments. On the other hand about 10 lakh, people like couriers, transporters, handcart pullers and artisans were dependent upon traders to earn their living.