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Traders to gherao MPs on issue of sealing of commercial units

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Feb 22 (UNI) 'Deeply anguished and frustrated' over the attitude of the Delhi Government and the Centre on the issue of sealing of commercial units in residential areas, the trader in Delhi have decided to 'gherao' Delhi MPs on Sunday.

The trade bodies also gave a ten-day ultimatum to the government to announce a 'comprehensive plan' to deal with matters like demolition of illegal constructions, sealing of shops in residential areas and notices to several 'Chabutras' in the walled city.

Mr Satinder Jain, secretary, federation of delhi trade association and Mr Sushil Kumar, convenor, Federation of South Delhi and New Delhi traders, declared that the traders will 'gherao' all Delhi MPs on Sunday if they did not make their position clear about the problems faced by traders. At the same time, they lauded BJP leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra for raising the issue very strongly in Parliament yesterday.

''Why can't the other MPs follow the path of Mr Vijay Kumar Malhotra. The matter being very serious is above all party lines,''the trade leaders said.

In a statement, Mr Praveen Khandelwal, general Secretary of the Confederation of All India Traders, which is leading the movement, said, ''the formation of committees is nothing but a 'gimmick' and the government cannot escape its responsibility of looking after the future of five lakh traders and more than 25 lakh people of Delhi.'' The traders demanded that the Union Government and Delhi government immediately file a petition in the Supreme court and Delhi High court urging the courts to stay the passed orders since the governments had already taken cognizance of the matter and is trying to bring some solution to the vexed problem.


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