Thousands of traders in Delhi are holding a mega rally at Ramlila Maidan to demand protection from the sealing drive. Around seven lakh business establishments and over 3,000 commercial markets of Delhi including Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place and Lajpat Nagar are shut due to this.
The CAIT and All Delhi Traders, Vyapari and Workers Association have jointly organised the rally and have given a call for Delhi Trade Bandh demanding that the Centre bring a bill or an Ordinance to stop the sealing.
As per reports, besides traders and their employees, families of businessmen are also participating in the rally.
Praveen Khandelwal, general secretary of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said, as a mark of protest, traders across Delhi will not send their children to school and colleges.
Traders in the national capital have been hit hard after the building department of the municipal corporations had started sealing business establishments for non-payment of conversion charges, encroachment, and illegal construction on the instructions of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee. Thousands of shops have been sealed since last December.
- With agency inputs