Apni Party traders and activists held separate protests Tuesday against the proposed opening of 100 Reliance retail stores in Jammu, a claim the company believes is completely untrue.
The protest came on the eve of a strike by the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry on a variety of issues, including the opening of a chain of Reliance stores, which received widespread support from opposition parties, lawyers and various social groups.
However, the Jammu vans said they would not join the one-day strike on September 22nd.
Amid ongoing protests over the past few days against the allegedly proposed opening of the retail chain Reliance, the company said Tuesday that talk of 100 stores opening by us (in Jammu) was completely wrong.
We have not opened any stores in Jammu. We have a few delivery points in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and these are set up by our delivery partners to support the small traders, a spokesman for Reliance Retail told PTI.
Reliance said it has a long track record of helping small traders and we stand firm on our commitment to working with small traders.
The spokesman responded to a question about the protest demonstrations by traders and several other groups in Jammu in recent days against the creation of a Reliance retail chain.
The JCCI previously claimed that businessmen in Jammu are facing the “highest level of discrimination” due to the “directionless policies” of the Union Territory government’s end of the age-old Darbar biennial move, new excise taxes, and proposed Ministry of Geology and Mining policies including the relocation of large commercial buildings such as Reliance to open stores and restrictions on banquet halls.
A group of traders under the banner of the Warehouse Traders Federation held a peaceful protest here in Nehru Market against the alleged plan to open Reliance’s smart stores.
Federation President Deepak Gupta said on the occasion that all shopkeepers would be watching a full strike on Wednesday to convey a message to the government that “we are with the political decision that was made indoors without consultation of stakeholders, are not satisfied “.
Activists of the Apni party, who had already supported the strike call, also demonstrated in the Gandhi Nagar market against the planned opening of Reliance stores.
The protest was held by the Apni union and ended peacefully, officials said.
The Congress Party, the National Conference and the PDP have already expanded their support for the Bandh appeal.
Ravinder Sharma, chief spokesman for J&K Congress, said the party fully supports Bandh’s call on the burning problems that will wipe out small and medium-sized traders.
The Jammu wing of the President of the J&K High Court Bar Association, MK Bhardwaj, also backed the strike, saying: “The people of Jammu are united on all matters affecting the common man.
“We will not tolerate injustice and discrimination against the Jammu region and continue peaceful agitation to protect the interests of the people,” Bhardwaj told reporters here.
He hoped that Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and his administration would take note of and address the problems facing lawyers, traders, businessmen, farmers and unemployed youth in addition to the civic and infrastructural deficiencies in the Jammu region, in order to save people’s lives to facilitate.
The National Conference also supported the strike and said the party has always stood for the protection of the interests of Jammu and Kashmir and will continue to do so with commitment.
“The government will see common sense in its anti-economic and anti-poverty policies and take corrective action instead of taking action after action that harm the general interests of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” the party said in a statement.
It also called on the J&K administration to reverse decisions that run counter to the legitimate interests of trade and commerce.
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