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Delhi Traders begin ''Sangharsh Yatra'' against sealing

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New Delhi, May 4 (UNI) Intensifying their four-month-old agitation against sealing of shops of residential areas, traders in Delhi today began a "sangharsh week" demanding the Centre to introduce an Amnesty Scheme', through a Bill in Parliament, to regularise all kinds of business establishments which have come up till date by maintaining status quo.

Sangharsh Yatra', which today began from Jagatpuri in the Trans Yamuna area, will culminate in a massive rally at Jantar Mantar on May 11.

''The order of sealing of shops in residential areas of Delhi has created a situation akin to a natural disaster. For the shopkeepers of Delhi, already reeling from numerous blows landed by several government agencies, this is the last straw,'' said Mr Praveen Khandelwal, secretary General of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), which is spearheading the agitation.

''Undoubtedly, the law must be respected but it is equally correct that the law must meet the aspirations of the people,''Mr Khandelwal added.

In a communication to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Members of Parliament from Delhi, the CAIT has urged that the Delhi Chief Minister and Delhi MPs, along with representative of trade and leaders of major political parties, should meet the Prime Minister to apprise him of the factual position and to take immediate remedial actions to save the traders from the clutches of sealing.

''The lead must be taken by Delhi Chef Minister and Delhi MPs,''the CAIT said.

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