Retailers call off LBT protest, shops to reopen on Sunday

May 11, 2013, 23:28 IST | A Correspondent

Mumbaikars can breathe a sigh of relief. After six days, shops are set to reopen across the city after retailers agreed to end the strike against the imposition of LBT. Wholesale markets are still undecided

Speaking to SUNDAY MiD DAY Viren Shah, president of the Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association said, “Lot of retail shop owners wanted to call off the strike because of the festive season and many of them also said that a lot of inconvenience was being caused to the common man because of the ongoing strike. So we have decided to call off the strike. Our protest still goes on by the way of not registering with LBT, paying 5 per cent of VAT.”

From Sunday, the retailers shop from South Mumbai to Bandar and western of Vile Parle, Santacruz will open. However it should be noted that the decision to open the wholesale shops has not been taken yet by the wholesalers association.

Retailers, traders keep their shutters down to protest against LBT

Speaking to SMD Thane Small Scale Industrial Association Member Rajiv Bhatia said, “ There are talks going on between our members but as off now the strik is on from our side.”
However, the wholesale markets may still remain closed. “We have not called off our strike. We will not break our strike under any circumstance. Viren Shah is being pressurised by the government.
The government has resorted to pressure tactics now. They are playing the divide and rule game. Even the retailers might be open only for two days and may join back the strike on Tuesday. The final authority to decide lies with Mohan Gurnani, President Federation of Associations of Maharashtra,” said a member of the Join Action Committee of Textile Traders Association

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