After 2-Day 'Successful' Bandh Against Sealing Drive, Delhi Shops Reopen Today

| February 4 , 2018 , 11:06 IST

Shops in the national capital Delhi opened on Sunday after a 'successful' 2-day shutdown of shops that had been called by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) in protest of the sealing drive taking place at the recommendation of the Supreme Court.

"The 48-hours Delhi Trade Bandh was spontaneous and successful and amply reflected the amount of anguish and resentment of the traders over arbitrary sealing being conducted by the Monitoring Committee in a most dictatorial manner keeping aside the law book of MCD Act, 1957," said Praveen Khandelwal, National Secretary General, CAIT.

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The CAIT added that it has sent a "traders' charter" to the government with suggestions for necessary steps to address the traders' concerns on the sealing drive.

"Though appreciating the proposals mooted by DDA (Delhi Development Authority) for amending the Master Plan to bring relief to traders from sealing, the CAIT has sent a 12 point traders' charter to Hardeep Puri, Union Minister for Urban Development, urging him to take necessary steps to mitigate the problems of the traders on account of sealing," the CAIT said in a statement.

Although the DDA approved the changes to the city's Master Plan as per the demands of the traders on Friday itself, the bandh continued on Saturday as planned with lakhs of traders shutting down their shutters.

The sealing drive due to which the traders were on strike was being carried against business establishments using residential premises for commercial reasons without paying due commercial charges.

AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said: "The Bandh continued in spite of pressure from BJP to call off the strike after the DDA meeting. Traders believe that the DDA meeting had no visible impact on the ongoing sealing drive. Aam Aadmi Party again demands immediate de-sealing of shops in the capital."