Delhi Traders Go On Strike Again Today Against Sealing, To Hold Rally At Ramlila Maidan

| March 28 , 2018 , 09:55 IST

More than 7 lakh traders across Delhi will be going on strike again on Wednesday, in protest of the sealing of commercial establishments in residential areas in the capital directed by a Supreme Court-appointed committee and carried out by BJP-led civic bodies.

Traders will also be holding a rally at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi on Wednesday to press for their demands, and not send their children to schools and colleges. Social activist Anna Hazare's indefinite hunger strike demanding implementation of the anti-corruption Lokpal bill is also currently underway at the Ramilia Maidan.

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The traders strike called by several traders' bodies including The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) will be affecting multiple commercial markets in the capital, including Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Sadar Bazar, South Extension, Rajouri Garden, Vikas Marg, Greater Kailash, and Lajpat Nagar.

The sealing is taking place on establishments that are located in residential areas but have not paid the mandatory 'conversion charges' to use the residential property for commercial ventures.

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The sealing drive began in Delhi on December 22, 2017, with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation closing down upper floor shops and restaurants in Defence Colony. Subsequently, the sealing drive extended to 20 other markets, including Khan Market, Hauz Khas, Rajendra Nagar, Chhatarpur and Vasant Kunj.

Delhi Traders have conducted several protests against the sealing, including a one-day strike on January 23 and a 2-day 'Bandh' on February 2-3.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has threatened a hunger strike on March 31st in support of the traders if the forceful sealing is not stopped. However, CAIT has called Kejriwal's statement as a "political drama" and said that the CM was shedding "crocodile tears".