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Traders’ bandh brings biz activity to a halt

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Commercial activities in the Capital came to a standstill on Tuesday after traders observed a day-long bandh in support of call given by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) against sealing of business establishments.

Traders held a “panchayat” at Karol Bagh while CAIT declared it would continue its protest by organising a rally of Traders on 28 March at Ramlila Ground.

Meanwhile, traders on Tuesday took out protest marches and held demonstrations in different areas of Delhi, demanding immediate end to sealing drive and de-sealing of properties already sealed. They alleged conducting sealing was in utter violation of statutory provisions of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi Act,1957.

“It is estimated that because of the bandh there was a business loss of Rs 1,800 crore leading to revenue loss of Rs150 crore to the government.

Besides, working hours of more than 20 lakh people engaged in Delhi trade went waste,” said Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general of CAIT.

Terming the all party meeting called by Delhi CM as a political stunt, CAIT asked, “why is the meeting necessary. Delhi government is competent enough to take steps to stop sealing on its own and does not need support of any other political party. It is better if Kejriwal does what is in his domain instead of politicising the issue.”