In Maharashtra, traders have been demonstrating everywhere against the weekend lockdown and stringent restrictions. Traders demand that the restrictions be relaxed.
Protest against lockdown in Maharashtra
Traders have taken to the streets in different places across Maharashtra to protest the weekend lockdown and stringent restrictions imposed by the state government. There are mostly small traders on the streets. The BJP is supporting the opposition of these traders. Small traders, especially in Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Amravati, Pune, Nashik, Sangli, took to the streets and protested and demanded relaxation of stringent restrictions.
Traders have demanded that the state have a lockdown in the name of stringent restrictions. Shops are being closed. While the weekend lockdown was announced in the meeting with the Chief Minister and the night curfew was announced for the rest of the days and Section 144 in the day. But the way the administration is taking action, it has created a crisis of livelihood in front of small traders.
‘Transition to Amravati reduced, why did the ban increase?’
Maharashtra’s Women and Child Development Minister Yashomati Thakur has written a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, seeking to reduce the existing restrictions in Amravati district. According to Yashomati Thakur, the number of patients who had increased due to corona infection in Amravati district has reduced due to the lockdown. A complete lockdown was imposed in Amravati and now due to the restrictions imposed by the Maharashtra government, the small traders who are there are facing a lot of difficulty. In such a situation, the ban imposed by the government should be reduced in Amravati.
Nashik Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture issued the warning
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture has warned the state government that if the decision of the lockdown is not withdrawn by April 8, shops will be started across the state from the 9th. Various business organizations from across the state held an online meeting earlier. This decision was taken after the meeting.
Hundreds of merchants took to the streets in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai
In Mumbai too, traders came out on the streets and protested against the restrictions imposed by the state government. The traders who took to the streets in Kandivali said that the administration should not create a situation of the entire week lockdown in the name of weekend lockdown. The way the transportation system like buses, autos, taxis has been kept in the same way, grocery and other shops should not be closed.
In Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, traders staged a protest in Gandhigiri. 400 to 500 traders followed the social distancing and walked on the roads in a peaceful manner. On this occasion, traders took slogans with slogans in their hands and shouted slogans like ‘Let it live, let it live .. Let the businessmen live’.
Traders of Vasai-Virar of Thane descended on roads
Similarly, the traders of Vasai-Virar, Thane, adjoining Mumbai, also decided to go on the streets and tie black ribbon to protest. Hundreds of traders from Virar East and West, Nalasopara, Vasai have taken to the streets in this protest and the traders are angry over the decision to close all shops except essential services.
Decision on demonetisation was withdrawn in Kolhapur
Meanwhile, the decision of the lockdown implemented at the district level was withdrawn keeping in view the widespread opposition from the traders and the general public. The decision was withdrawn in 24 hours. Entry in the district was banned from people coming from other districts in Kolhapur.
Opposition’s support to traders’ protests
Similarly, traders in Nagpur, Sangli, Pune and other districts have come out on the streets to protest against the restrictions imposed by the state government. In this regard, BJP leader Nitesh Rane has responded that there is no imprisonment in organizing IPL matches in Mumbai, while shops of these small traders are being closed. If this state government oppresses small traders then what is it? MNS spokesperson Sandeep Deshpande also said that we had already feared dissatisfaction across such a state. Democracy does not work on the strength of the poles.
Let me tell you that yesterday (Tuesday), the Leader of Opposition also accused the state government that the lockdown has been imposed for the entire week after the name of weekend lockdown. Only the lockdown name is not given. MNS chief Raj Thackeray also asked the state government what the meaning of exemption of production and ban in sale? What is the meaning of production when goods are banned? He demanded to allow small shopkeepers to keep the shops open. Udayanraje, a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje, also demanded a reconsideration of the lockdown.
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