Bandh today,markets to be closed

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said more than 5 crore traders,hawkers,labourers,farmers and people of other sectors of retail trade will participate.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 20, 2012 12:20 am

The call for Bharat Bandh by the BJP-led NDA and other non-UPA parties on Thursday – to protest against the Centre’s decision to hike diesel price,allow FDI in multi-brand retail and limit subsidised cooking gas – is expected to evoke a mixed response from transporters and traders in Delhi.

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said more than 5 crore traders,hawkers,labourers,farmers and people of other sectors of retail trade will participate.

“There will be no commercial activity on Thursday across the country. We will lodge a strong protest against the government’s decision to allow FDI in multi-bran retail. More than 25,000 trade associations across the country will observe the bandh,” a statement issued by the CAIT said.

Delhi State President of the CAIT,Narender Madan,said all wholesale and retail markets in Delhi including the ones in Walled City,Kashmiri Gate,Kamla Nagar,Karol Bagh,Connaught Place,Sadar Bazar,Rajouri Garden,Kirti Nagar,Lajpat Nagar,South Extension,Paharganj,Pitampura,Rohini,Tilak Nagar,Uttam Nagar,Jail Road,Vikas Marg,Laxmi Nagar,Tughlaqabad,Kalkaji and other areas will remain closed on Thursday.

While the Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh said they would participate in the bharat bandh and no autos or taxis would ply from the three railway stations,Kashmere gate and Anand Vihar ISBTs and the Delhi Airport.

Rajendra Soni,president of the Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh,said: “We do not wish to harass the public,and there is no compulsion to join the bandh. Our protest is against the Delhi government for not issuing new permits and increasing CNG prices consistently with no corresponding increase in fares.”

Kishan Verma,president of the Delhi’s Auto Taxi Congress Union,said “we will not participate and there will be no disruption in transportation.”

Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly Professor Vijay Kumar Malhotra said: “Delhi will observe a complete bandh on Thursday. All transporters and unions of trucks,buses,autos and taxis will be part of the bandh.”

Condemning the Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for advocating FDI in retail market,Malhotra said the decision “would ruin the retail trade in India as well as in Delhi.”

Gajraj S,president of the Old Delhi Railway station auto-taxi union,said autos and taxis across the city would participate in the bandh “out of fear”. “While we are affected by the issues of price rise,we cannot ensure safety of our passengers if the protest turns violent. So we have no option but to join the strike.”

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Markets in Walled City,Kashmiri Gate,Kamla Nagar,Karol Bagh,Connaught Place,Sadar Bazar,Rajouri Garden,Kirti Nagar,Lajpat Nagar,South Extension,Paharganj,Pitampura,Rohini,Tilak Nagar,Uttam Nagar,Jail Road,Vikas Marg,Laxmi Nagar,Tughlaqabad,Kalkaji and other areas.

More than 25,000 trade associations across the country will Observe the bandh

Majority of autorickshaws and taxis to stay off roads. No autos or taxis to ply from the three railway stations,Kashmere gate and Anand Vihar ISBTs and the Delhi Airport

Delhi Metro will function as normal

More than 5 crore traders,hawkers,labourers,farmers and people of other sectors of retail trade exprected to participate in the Bandh

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