Markets will close to protest Supreme Court sealing

Markets will close to protest Supreme Court sealing

Around 7 lakh traders and over 3,000 shops in Delhi have made a decision to down shutters on Wednesday to protest the ongoing sealing of commercial establishments in Delhi. Reports said almost 10,000 traders' organisations are taking part in the protest.

The sealing drive has affected the lives of almost 40 lakh people, including traders, their employees and family members, Khandelwal said.

"Trade and commerce in Delhi will remain completely closed on 28 March and both wholesale and retail markets will observe trade bandh".

Khandelwal said the Delhi Government should also pass a bill in the current Assembly session for a moratorium on sealing and forward the same to the Centre for its approval.

CAIT and CTI represent over 3,500 trader organisations in Delhi-NCR.

All other major commercial markets in the city, including Sadar Bazar, Lajpat Nagar, Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh and Chawri Bazar also remained shut. The CAIT secretary general and chairman of the rally, Praveen Khandelwal, said that as a mark of protest, the traders will not send their children to school or colleges on Wednesday.

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Traders have been protesting against the government's sealing drive, under which a large number of commercial establishments have been sealed by municipal corporations.

On March 21, representatives of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee to find a solution to the ongoing sealing drive in the city. Traders have also been denied the benefit of fundamental provisions of the MCD Act, 1957.

Traders bodies allege that the Monitoring Committee has adopted strict measures while sealing the shops and business establishments.

This is the third such strike called by traders, who have been agitating against the sealing drive for the last three months.

Neither any show cause notice nor opportunity of placing defence is being given to traders, he further charged. Traders had gone on a 48-hour strike in February against the municipal corporations' move.