Traders’ body to launch cam­paign: One na­tion-one trader-one vote

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A na­tional cam­paign to prop­a­gate ‘One Na­tion-One Trader-One Vote’ will be launched from Fe­bru­ary 1, the Con­fed­er­a­tion of All In­dia Traders (CAIT) has said.

The po­lit­i­cal spec­trum of the coun­try has so far grossly ne­glected the trad­ing com­mu­nity and has taken a com­fort­able ride on the com­mu­nity. But now it is high time the traders bring end to this sys­tem, a res­o­lu­tion, adopted in the Na­tional Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil Meet­ing of the Con­fed­er­a­tion of All In­dia Traders (CAIT) read. The meet­ing was at­tended by over 200 trade lead­ers from 24 States.

Ac­cord­ing to the trade body, there are about seven crore small busi­nesses in the coun­try pro­vid­ing liveli­hood and em­ploy­ment to about 45 crore peo­ple gen­er­at­ing an an­nual busi­ness of about ₹42 lakh crore. After agri­cul­ture, re­tail sec­tor is the sec­ond largest em­ployer.

In or­der to con­sol­i­date such a large pop­u­la­tion of trad­ing com­mu­nity into a vote bank, the CAIT re­solved to launch a na­tion-wide cam­paign. CAIT Na­tional Pres­i­dent BC Bhar­tia and Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Praveen Khan­del­wal al­leged that no im­por­tance is given to trad­ing com­mu­nity in po­lit­i­cal dis­course.

A state­ment re­leased by CAIT said that ‘Trader FirstPo­lit­i­cal Party Af­ter­wards’ will be the slo­gan of vote bank na­tional cam­paign. The trade lead­ers also said that they will de­mand elec­tion tick­ets from dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties. “The Lok Sabha polls are an op­por­tu­nity for us to un­der­line our im­por­tance in In­dian econ­omy and we are gear­ing our­selves for the cause-said the trade lead­ers,” Khan­del­wal said.

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