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Traders in Indian capital begin two-day strike against govt's sealing drive

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Traders in the Indian capital city on Friday began a two-day strike against the government's sealing drive.

Several commercial establishments in Delhi have been sealed by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP)-ruled civic bodies for failing to deposit conversion charges required by the city's master plan.

The markets across the capital will remain closed on Friday and Saturday in response to a 48-hour bandh call given by an alliance of trade association, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), against the ongoing sealing drive being carried out by municipal corporations.

According to traders, they will stage protests in different places in the city against the drive.

Reports said around 750 market associations have extended support to the shutdown call and at least 800,000 shops and a large number of factories will remain closed as part of the strike.

"Even the shops selling daily requirements will also remain shut," a trader said. "Chandni Chowk, Sadar Bazar, Chawri Bazar, Khari Baoli, Bhagirath Place, Naya Bazar, Connaught Place and Lajpat Rai market will be affected by the bandh."

Another trade alliance, the Chamber of Trade and Industries (CTI), has called for a three-day bandh.

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