Shopkeepers divided over Bharat Bandh,most schools to remain shut

While the SAD-BJP are supporting the call for Bharat Bandh tomorrow given by the NDA against FDI in retail and hike in fuel prices,the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal stated that they would protest against the state government because it had troubled them more.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published:September 20, 2012 3:07 am

While the SAD-BJP are supporting the call for Bharat Bandh tomorrow given by the NDA against FDI in retail and hike in fuel prices,the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal stated that they would protest against the state government because it had troubled them more. Amrit Lal Jain,president of Beopar Mandal,said,“We had decided to protest against the state government at a meeting held on September 16. The Badal government has introduced E-TRIP,mandatory scrutiny of 50% of the units who file VAT returns,property tax,hike in power tariff and much more. So,our resentment is more towards the Punjab government. Our traders will protest against the state government,tomorrow,as it needs to put it’s House in place first”. Jain,however,added,“We also request the UPA government to not introduce FDI in retail as it would affect small shopkeeper”.

Meanwhile,a meeting of the SAD-BJP leaders was held today at Circuit House,in which BJP district president Parveen Bansal and former Cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria appealed to the masses to support the Bandh,so that the Centre was forced to take back it’s decision to introduce FDI in retail.

Bansal said,“Our protest is also regarding the the cap put on subsidised LPG cylinders and fuel price hike,which will drastically affect common people”.

He also stated that their protest would begin from Clock Tower and their workers would protest in different areas of the city. “Most markets will remain closed,tomorrow,as the associations have extended support. Even bus services is stated to be paralysed as revealed by the roadways unions. Mini buses are also likely to remain off roads”.

Many schools have also declared a holiday,in order to avoid any inconvenience that could be caused to children. KVM declared a holiday tomorrow,as their bus operators refused to operate. Paramjit Kaur,Principal,BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School,said,”We have declared a holiday for students from nursery to class 10. However,students of classes 11 and 12 will have to appear for their exam tomorrow”. Other branches of BCM will also remain closed.

Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School,Sarabha Nagar; Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School,BRS Nagar; all branches of DAV Public School and Satpaul Mittal School will also remain closed tomorrow. Tight police security has been ensured throughout the city.

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