Mumbaikars say no New Year party

Saddened by the death of the Delhi gangrape victim, many Mumbaikars have decided to not celebrate on New Year's eve.

Various trader organisations too have decided to drop celebration plans.

"We will not celebrate New Year across India. We appeal to people to also not celebrate and observe national mourning till January 1," secretary general of Confederation of All India Traders Praveen Khandelwal said.

The organisation has called for observing January 26 as Constitution Strengthening Day.

Socialite and owner of Roopam Stores Viren Shah, famous for his theme parties, said celebrations were likely to be subdued this year.

"The morale of party people is down and I think a lot of them will be cautious," he said.

Political parties have also asked cadre to refrain from celebrating New Year.

"We would not want to forget the suffering of this brave girl," RPI president Ramdas Athawale said.

Restaurants and hotels admitted celebrations would be lowkey this New Year.

"The general atmosphere in the country and city is not right for partygoers. We do not think many people will step out on New Year's eve," vice-president of Association of Hotels and Restaurants Shailendra Shetty said.

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