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Bharat Bandh Today Highlights: 8 crore traders on strike; farmers may join

Bharat Bandh Today Highlights: More than eight crore traders from some 40,000 business organisations are on strike and keeping their establishments closed on Friday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 27, 2021 7:43:51 am
bharat bandh, bharat bandh today, bharat bandh live news, bharat bandh news update, bharat bandh 2021, bharat bandh live, bharat bandh latest news, bharat bandh live newsShops remain closed at Fancy Bazar during 'Bharat Bandh', called by traders against GST, hike in fuel price and e-way bill, in Guwahati, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Bharat Bandh Highlights: Trade unions staged a nationwide ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Friday, demanding a review of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. They claim the amendments to the law regime are “complicated”, “regressive” and “draconian”. More than eight crore traders from some 40,000 business organisations joined the strike by keeping their establishments closed.

Lakhs of trucks also took part by staying off the roads. The All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA), an apex body representing around one crore road transporters in India, had announced its decision to join the protest a day earlier. The AITWA is demanding the E-Way Bill to be replaced with e-invoice and immediate reduction in fuel prices.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), the farmers’ union spearheading the protests at Delhi’s borders, also appealed to farmers to participate in a peacefully manner in the strike.

Essential services will remain functional through the day, including medical, milk and vegetable shops.

Some of the other prominent organisations taking part in the bandh are All India FMCG Distributors Association, Federation of Aluminium Utensils Manufacturers Association, Northern India Spices Traders Association, All India Cosmetic Manufacturers Association, All India Women Entrepreneurs Association and All India Computer Dealers Associations.

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Bharat Bandh Highlights: Trade unions strike against GST provisions; transport union demands changes to E-Way Bill; farmers join protest. Follow latest news and updates below

17:30 (IST)26 Feb 2021
MP: Business unaffected in Indore during 'Bharat Vyapar Bandh'

Business remained unaffected in Madhya Pradesh's business capital Indore on Friday during the 'Bharat Vyapar Bandh' called by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) to protest issues related to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and e-commerce. According to local traders, businesses had already incurred losses due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown and they didn't want to down their shutters. The nationwide bandh had impacted other parts of Madhya Pradesh baring Indore, where political reasons and pressure made the difference, CAIT district president Mohammed Peethawala said. --PTI

12:14 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Bharat Bandh today against GST, E-Way Bill and fuel prices

Trade and transport unions are protesting after the GST amendments, the E-Way Bill and the rising fuel prices in the country. Here's a picture of how the Bharat Bandh is playing out in Bhopal

Shops remain closed during the Bharat Bandh in Bhopal. (PTI Photo)
10:47 (IST)26 Feb 2021
West Bengal Bharat Bandh: CAIT traders hold strike against GST, fuel prices
10:17 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Bharat Bandh today: 8 crore traders from 40,000 businesses expected to join

Good morning and welcome to our live blog! The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), which called for a Bharat Bandh today, claims over 8 crore traders from some 40,000 business organisations across India will join by shutting their commercial establishments. Follow this live blog through the day for the latest news and updates 

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) called for a Bharat bandh today (February 26) demanding a review of the Goods and Services Tax regime, provisions of which traders claim are “complicated”, “regressive” and “draconian”. The traders’ body claims an estimated 40,000 traders’ associations across the country have extended their support.

Mahendra Arya, national president of the All-India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA), said all transport companies are requested to park their vehicles on Friday as a symbolic protest. “All transport godowns will display protest banners. All customers will be approached by transport companies not to book or load any goods on Friday,” he said.

Suresh Khosla, secretary of Bombay Goods Transport Association (BGTA), said: “BGTA has been petitioning the government on various issues of the transport industry, mainly on issues of un-practicable E-Way bill under GST and unviable pricing policy of diesel. Our office bearers have also been meeting government officials regularly to explain their problems; however, no resolution or respite has ever been provided.”

The CAIT and AITWA did not participate in the December Bharat bandh call given by farmers protesting against the Centre’s three farm law. In a joint statement, CAIT and AITWA had said no farmer association had approached them to join the bandh. The farmers, like traders and transporters, are an important part of the national economy and, therefore, immediate steps are needed to resolve their issues, read the statement.

The bandh call saw maximum response in Punjab and Haryana, where roads were blocked and markets remained closed. The shutdown, backed by most Opposition parties and trade unions, also had some impact in states like Odisha, Maharashtra and Bihar.

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