New Delhi, Sep 14 (UNI) Anticipating a mid-term poll, Janata Dal (United)chief Sharad Yadav today asked 20 crore people involved in retail trade to exercise their voting rights only to elect parties which are opposing the entry of 'mall culture' in the country.
Addressing agitating traders in front of the JD(U) headquarters, Mr Yadav said the Centre and the state governments were actively encouraging big players to enter the retail trade including vegetable vending in the country to displace over 20 crore involved in this tradition.
However, disorganised the trade may be, it was providing employment to 20 crore population and if even this opportunity is taken away, it will not merely endanger the law and order but raise the question over the Constitutional rights of the people involved in the trade, he asserted.
He said supporting only the parties which opposed entry of big players in small trade was the only way out for the trading community.
''If you can do that it will set right the political parties which were offering lip sympathy to the plight of millions. You can force the governments to change the laws if you exercise your votes forgetting the stereotype support on caste, community and religious lines,'' Mr Yadav added.
He said the trading community can also set right the wrong trends set in the media who were outrightly supporting the entry of big players.
''You stop purchasing these newspapers enmasse, you will see that opinions of the majority gets due weightage in the coverage,'' he suggested.