After keeping shops open for four days to cater to Akshaya Tritiya demand,many retailers are likely to rejoin the indefinite strike to protest local body tax (LBT) Thursday. We will begin a jail bharo andolan, said Federation of Associations of Maharashtra president Mohan Gurnani. Union leader Sharad Rao said,We are not going on strike but will launch a 72-hour andolan against LBT.
He said on June 18,19 and 20,all associations would stage a massive protest. Although I have asked retailers to open shops,we will continue our agitation against LBT, he said.
Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association president Viren Shah also said they will not strike further but support the movement against LBT.
However,he said traders were free to down shutters. Confederation of All India Traders appealed to CM to intervene. It said in a statement,A panel comprising senior ministers of the state government should be formed to begin talks with traders.