As part of the national campaign to garner larger support from across the country, a massive rally is being planned at New Delhi on 7th March, 2013 against FDI in retail. The rally will involve the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) and Khudra FDI Virodhi Rashtriya Morcha (KFVRM).
The CAIT Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal while speaking at a Traders Conference held at Mumbai
on Friday said in unequivocal terms that if the politics of vote bank persists, then traders will have no hesitation in converting the traders into a vote bank so that the interests of the trading community, which is one of the integral parts of national economy, are not ignored.
He called upon the traders to prepare themselves to vote against all such parties that are supporting FDI in retail. "If we need to go to the polling booth level in each constituency, we will do so as we already have the requisite strength of traders in each polling booth," said Khandelwal. He further said that FDI in retail is anti-people and anti-economy and needs to be rejected by one and all.
While addressing the traders he said that not only the traders but even other retail stakeholders including farmers, hawkers, labour unions, consumers, small industry, transports, self-employed groups and cooperative sector will also take part in the proposed Delhi
He said that the time had come when begging is not going to get any favours as the Government is engulfed under the influence of big corporates and global retailers. The assembly elections in 2013 and Lok Sabha elections in 2014 are a golden opportunity through which we can use elections as the government's "wagterloo," said Khandelwal.
He asked the trade brethren to take a pledge to oust the anti-trader Government. Khandelwal further said that many Acts, Laws and Rules are being framed by the Government, and these are a pre-requiste for the entry of global retailers. The Food Safety and Standards Act, the provisions of proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) are the living examples of such phenomenon. He said that all retail stakeholders have joined hands together to oppose FDI in retail tooth and nail.