Traders fret, netas trade barbs over sealing

People play cricket at the deserted Bara Bazar automobile wholesale market after shops were shut to protest against sealing drive on Tuesday

Delhi Trade Bandh: Shops shut down to protest sealing

The protest is being organised to oppose the sealing drive unleashed by the municipal corporations on direction of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.

Among major markets will which will remain non-functional, include Karol Bagh, Sadar Bazaar, Kamla Nagar, Ashok Vihar, Vikas Marg, Preet Vihar, Model Town, Azadpur, Kalkaji, Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar, Amar Colony, Khan Market, South Extension and Greater Kailash, among others. According to the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), more than 7L traders from 2,500 associations would participate.

A "vyapari panchayat" has also been called by CAIT president Praveen Khandelwal in Karol Bagh today, where thousands of traders are expected to attend.

An all-party meeting on the sealing drive held at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence on Tuesday.

New Delhi All major wholesale and retail markets in the National Capital will remain shut on Tuesday as traders have made a decision to observe a "trade bandh" against the ongoing sealing drive by the municipal corporations on the direction of a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.

Apart from senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders including Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh and Gopal Rai, the meeting was also attended by Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief Ajay Maken and his party colleague Arvinder Singh Lovely.

CAIT has also demanded the Chief Minister to notify 351 roads for "mixed land use", which could give legal protection to commercial shops in residential localities.

The sealing drive is being carried out on the order of the Supreme Court over "misuse of premises".

They want to finish off traders so as to bring in FDI, " he said. "We have paid conversion charges, we have trade licences and GST numbers... they didn't listen to us", Kamal Chawla told Indian Express. The MP alleged that traders were being beaten up in the name of sealing.

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