Maharashtra Calls Bandh To Support Farmers; Traders’ Body Says Won’t Join

The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi authorities is supporting the bandh

New Delhi:

A union of merchants in Maharashtra has objected to the state authorities calling a bandh tomorrow in protest in opposition to final week’s violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri the place 4 farmers had been amongst eight folks killed.

The merchants’ union in an announcement as we speak mentioned they’re solely limping again to enterprise after intermittent lockdowns amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the bandh would hit their earnings.

The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi authorities comprising the Shiv Sena, Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party or NCP is supporting the bandh. In truth, the state authorities itself introduced the bandh at a joint press convention of the three events.

“I request 12 crore people of Maharashtra to support the farmers. Support means all of you join the bandh and stop your work for a day,” Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik informed reporters.

The state authorities mentioned every part will probably be closed apart from important providers.

The Federation of Retail Traders’ Welfare Association or FRTWA, nonetheless, mentioned it doesn’t assist the bandh. “We oppose the killing of farmers in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri. Whoever was responsible for the killings should be punished. But FRTWA does not support any bandh called by the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government,” the merchants’ group chief Viren Shah mentioned in a video assertion.

“We have suffered huge losses for the past 18 months due to lockdown. Our business is slowly picking up. In middle of the festival season when customers have started coming out to shop, let us do our business peacefully. We appeal to the government to allow retail businesses to remain open. We hope that shopkeepers are not harassed or forced to remain shut,” Mr Shah mentioned as we speak.

Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra had been named in a police case filed by farmers who mentioned he drove right into a gathering of slogan-shouting demonstrators amid a peaceable black-flag protest final Sunday.

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