AAP announces 'Delhi bandh' on 23 January to protest sealing of business establishments, CAIT also announces strike

The Aam Aadmi Party will hold a day-long bandh on Tuesday in Delhi to protest the ongoing sealing drive by the BJP-ruled civic bodies and the Centre's move to allow 100 percent FDI in retail. AAP also announced that its Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs, along with other stakeholders, will take part in a march to the Parliament on 29 January over these issues.

 AAP announces Delhi bandh on 23 January to protest sealing of business establishments, CAIT also announces strike

File image of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

Speaking to reporters after the party's Delhi state conference, senior AAP leader Gopal Rai said the BJP-ruled civic bodies were trying to snatch employment opportunities from people in the name of sealing business establishments.

"A large sum of money was collected under conversion and parking charges. The traders have neither received anything in return nor do they have any information about the money collected," Rai said, demanding that the centre stop levying these charges until the information is made public.

"Our party cadres in all 70 constituencies will join traders unions to raise their voice against these issues on 23 January," he said.

Industry body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) also said on Saturday that traders would observe a 'Delhi trade bandh' to lodge their protests against ongoing sealing of business establishments in the city.

CAIT, in a statement, said the sealing is being conducted by "sidelining fundamental provisions" of MCD Act, 1957 "under the guise of the order of the Supreme Court" and demanded an investigation as to "why the traders are being deprived of such provisions". "The decision was taken at a meeting held on Saturday... which was attended by trade leaders of about 400 leading trade associations from all over Delhi," the traders' body said.

Shutters of the shops will remain closed in all markets and no commercial activity will take place, CAIT added.

Rai slammed the Congress government for initiating 49 percent FDI in retail which was followed by the BJP who spiked it up to 100 percent.

Asked about the Bawana fire incident, Rai said only an investigation would reveal who was responsible for it.

"MCD issues licences in some cases and Delhi government also issues licences. Only the investigation will reveal who is responsible for the incident."

"A detailed probe by labour department has also been initiated," he added.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Jan 23, 2018 07:49:57 IST