Citizens of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad continued to remain on the receiving end as most of the shops remained closed in support of the traders’ strike against implementation of local body tax (LBT) that entered the second day on Tuesday.
With the state government and civic administration remaining firm on their LBT stand, Puneites are unlikely to get any respite from the ongoing strike.
Over 5,000 traders carried out a rally that culminated at the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) headquarters.
Despite nearly 100% shops remaining closed, the state government and municipal corporation are determined to implement the LBT.
Pune mayor Vaishali Bankar said, “The decision on LBT is in the hands of the state government. I will convey traders’ demand to the chief minister through deputy chief minister. I feel that the state government, municipal corporation and traders will have to resolve this issue through discussion.”
Federation of traders’ association of Pune president Popatlal Ostwal said, “We are getting good response from traders in Pune as well as PCMC. We are firm on our demand to abolish LBT. The strike will continue till the state government takes back its decision.”
The massive rally on Tuesday was carried out by the federation of traders’ association of Pune. Various bodies, including Pune Jewellers Association, Pune Merchant Association and wholesalers general merchants association participated in the rally that started from Tilak Statue in Mahatma Phule Mandai.