City traders voted to protest sealing drive
In the Delhi Lok Sabha elections held recently, apart from core national issues, people voted for local issues too. In Delhi, one such local issue is sealing. It was one of the talking points that featured noticeably during the general elections campaign.
The sealing drive was initiated by all three municipal corporations of Delhi run by the BJP for which it is likely to face the anger of the trading community.
The traders have always been loyal to the BJP in the previous elections but this time the senior leadership of the party's state wing failed to find a solution to the problem. However, the party and its leaders tried to distance itself from the issue by blaming the AAP government for not amending the master plan of Delhi but still the traders are angry with the saffron party.
"The traders are unhappy with the government. They took everything we had. Now we are left with no savings, no business and no employment alternative. Nobody listened to us. Now we have expressed our anger with our right to vote," said Ashok Singhal, president, Traders' Association Vishwas Nagar.
Vishwas Nagar is one of the most affected areas of the sealing debacle. In the worst-affected areas, the traders threatened to opt for NOTA or they said they would not go for voting at all. The voting percentage in these areas also suggests a considerable loss of voters. Tri Nagar of Chandni Chowk constituency is affected by sealing and has received 65.57 % voting in comparison to areas like Ballimaran with 68.25%. Similarly, in East Delhi constituency, Vishwas Nagar and Gandhi Nagar recorded less voting percentage in comparison to areas like Shahdara.
A local trader, Anil of Gandhi Nagar area, said: "We have definitely expressed our disappointment when we voted. This is the only thing we could do. They (political parties) never took the matter sensitively. We'll retaliate through our weapon of vote."