Support farmers, but shops, factories will remain open during Bharat Bandh: Delhi traders' organisation

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The Chambers of Trade and Industry, a body representing traders in Delhi, on Thursday said shops and factories will remain open during the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by farmers protesting against the Centre’s three new farm laws.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a joint front representing farmer unions, has called for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Friday. The protest at Delhi borders will complete four months on the day.

“We discussed it with business owners and traders. Most of them said they support the demands of the farmers and the Centre should find a solution to the issue,” CTI convenor Brijesh Goyal and chairman Subhash Khandelwal said in a statement.

“However, most traders want to keep their business establishments open on Friday as they have been accruing losses due to coronavirus,” it said.

The traders said Covid-19 cases have started rising again, and the administration may shut down markets if the situation takes a turn for the worse, which will be detrimental for their businesses.