The Confederation of All India Traders Association (CAIT) has called for a massive protest against the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on January 23 for the sealing of markets. The traders said that no commercial activity will be carried out in the city today. Prominent marketplaces like Greater Kailash 1 and 2, Connaught Place, Laxmi Nagar, Krishna Nagar and others also remain closed.
The traders association said that the protest has been planned at 6 places in the city of 12 pm -2 pm, the main venue being Hauz Qazi near Chawri Bazar metro station. Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general of CAIT said that nearly 2000 traders associations are taking part in today's protest and 700000 shopkeepers are protesting against the sealing drive of the MCD which started from December 22 in 2017 and started with locking down of restaurants in the first floor of Defence Colony. Since then, 20 markets, including Khan Marker, Hauz Khas faced the heat of the sealing drive.
The traders union is also going to present their points to the Lt Governor of Delhi and want all construction up to December 31 to be considered legal and demands over 300 roads to be considered for commercial use.
The Delhi BJP, however, said that they understand the pain of the traders. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari also extended his support to the Bandh.