Bharat Trade Bandh called by CAIT on pulwama met unprecedented success markets all over country remain closed with no business activity CAIT has launched a national campaign to boycott chinese goods.
In order to pay its rich tribute to martyrs of Pulwama incident and to depict solidarity with the nation about 7 crore business establishments across Country including Delhi remain closed by observing a Bharat Trade Bandh call given by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT).All wholesale and retail markets all over the Country remained deserted and business activity took place. In Delhi about 7 lakh traders kept their establishments closed and participated in the Bharat Trade Bandh. The angry traders burnt the effigy of Pakistani terrorism and demanded the Government to severe all trade relations with Pakistan.
CAIT National Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal while leading the Bharat Trade Bandh said that in the wake of China constantly supporting Pakistan, the trading community is greatly upset and resenting and from today onwards the traders will boycott Chinese products. The CAIT has launched a nationwide campaign to motivate traders and people at large not to sell or buy China made products. He said that though the Government has imposed 200 percent custom duty on goods importing from Pakistan but in the current scenario the Government should impose absolute ban on trade with Pakistan.
Goods worth about 3500 crore are being imported from Pakistan annually. CAIT has also demanded the Government to levy at least 300 percent custom duty on goods being import from China so that import is discouraged with China. Mr. Khandelwal also said that in the wake of huge and growing resentment among people of the country, Indian High Commissioner from Pakistan should be call back and Pakistan High Commissioner in India should be given marching orders for Pakistan.
Business of about Rs. 25 thousand crores of rupees hit due to today’s Bharat Trade Bandh. Traders across country has organised prayer meetings, peace march, candle march in different religious places praying for the peace for departed souls. In the wake of tremendous and spontaneous voluntary response from traders across the Country, the CAIT has decided to create a Special Relief Fund exclusively for the welfare of the forces.
At Delhi during the day long Trade Bandh, the traders from all parts of Delhi gathered at Ghantaghar, Chandni Chowk and held a Shradhanjali Sabha and paid tribute to the martyrs. The angry traders also burnt the effigy of Pakistani Terrorism.
Mr. Khandelwal has urged the Government that while the Pakistan should be given a strong lesson and on the other side the Pakistani supporters and so called human activist within the country who are supporting Pakistan should be identified and sternly punished. The protestors at the gathering passed a unanimous resolution demanding Congress President, Rahul Gandhi and Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amrinder Singh to immediately sack Navjot Singh Siddhu from the Punjab Cabinet for his uncalled for and unfortunate remarks on Pulwama incident which only a traitor can utter.
Prominent states like Delhi, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Tamilnadu, Uttrakhand, Punjab, Haryana, J&K, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and North East States, Telangana, Pondicherry observed Bharat Trade Bandh today. States like Gujarat, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka etc. already observed Bandh on February 16th on the call of CAIT.
In Delhi prominent markets including Chandni Chowk, Bhagirath Place, Khari Baoli, Naya Bazar, Chawri Bazar, Kashmiri Gate, Sadar Bazar, Karol Bagh, Kamla Nagar, Ashok Vihar, Rohini, Shalimar Bagh, Pitampura, Punjabi Bagh, Rajouri Garden, Tilak Nagar, Uttam Nagar, Kirti Nagar, Naraina, South Extension, Greater Kailash, Lajpat Nagar, Kalkaji, Sarojini Nagar, Amar Colony, Gandhi Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Vikas Marg, Lakshmi Nagar, Shahdara, Darya Ganj , Model Town etc. remain completely closed, In Delhi alone trade worth about Rs.500 crore affected due to Bandh.