Sealing Protest: Over Seven Lakh Shops to Remain Close in Delhi Tomorrow
New Delhi, January 22: The President of Chamber of Trade and Industries said that the Traders’ Association has decided to stage a huge protest tomorrow in Delhi against the ongoing sealing drive ordered by the Supreme Court-empowered monitoring committee. On Tuesday, over seven lakh shops will remain closed.
Brajesh Gupta, President of Chambers of Trade and Industries told ANI on Sunday that traders across the city are harassed by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) since the past one month by sealing of shops. “On 23 January, Traders’ Association has decided to hold Delhi Vyapar bandh,” Gupta said to ANI.
He further requested the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to stop the sealing and the “illegal collection in the name of procurement charges”.
The association head further alleged that no notice was given to the traders before the sealing of the illegal construction.
According to a report, the protest against sealing has caused a loss of approximately Rs 1,400 crore in revenue. In Delhi, there are around seven lakh traders.
“The situation of the trading community in Delhi in the wake of the sealing drive is pathetic that they have been reduced to the status of beggars,” said one of the trader. For the last few months, the trading community had witnessed a rough time.
In last few months, several traders across the country have already been hit after the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Prior to the GST implementation, the demonetisation exercise too had an adverse impact on the trading community. Sales even during the Diwali-Christmas period also remained lower than the usual. Many traders in Delhi who were dealing in firecrackers too suffered losses due to the Supreme Court ban on their sale just ahead of Diwali.
On the other side, the Aam Aadmi Party has promised to stand by the traders during the ‘Delhi Bandh’.
Speaking to reporters after the party’s Delhi State Conference, senior AAP leader Gopal Rai said the BJP-ruled civic bodies were trying to snatch employment opportunities from people in the name of sealing business establishments.
“A large sum of money was collected under conversion and parking charges. The traders have neither received anything in return nor do they have any information about the money collected,” Rai said, demanding that the centre stop levying these charges until the information is made public.
“Our party cadres in all 70 constituencies will join traders unions to raise the voice against these issues on January 23,” he said.
The party also announced that its Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs along with other stakeholders will take part in a march to the Parliament on January 29 over the issue.
(With input from agencies)