Relief for citizens as retailers call off stir


In a major relief for citizens, more than a lakh retailers have called off their strike against Local Body Tax (LBT).

Even as the standoff between traders' associations and the government continued on the sixth consecutive day, retailers withdrew from the strike.

"We called off the retail bandh following requests from several areas of the city. It being a festive period, citizens would have faced inconvenience if the strike continued," said Viren Shah, President of Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association (FRTWA).

Meanwhile, more than 20,000 wholesalers across the city will continue to protest.

Traders have been opposing LBT claiming that it would lead to double-point taxation. They say that the government should consider value-added tax, city development charge or other single-point tax instead.

"We are awaiting a decision from the Chief Minister on LBT. If the decision is not in our favour, we will continue to protest but in some other form," said Shah.

More than 15 lakh wholesalers and retail traders had been on strike since last week to protest the implementation of LBT in place of octroi. While 24 of 26 municipal corporations in the state have implemented LBT, it is likely to come into force in Mumbai and Nashik in October.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.