Pithoragarh, September 20
The district unit of the BJP and the Vyapar Sangh observed a successful Bharat Bandh today in Pithoragarh and other towns of the district. The president of the Devbhumi Vyapar Sangh had asked the BJP to observe a bandh tomorrow in view of local fair ‘Mostamanu’.
“The joint meeting of the BJP and traders today rejected the plea for the bandh on September 21 and observed it with the rest of the nation on Thursday,” said Pawan Joshi, secretary of the district Vyapar Sangh.
All shopping complexes, markets, banks and educational institutions remained closed during the bandh in Pithoragarh town. Later the traders held a rally at Gandhi Chowk of the town, criticising the Union government for approving foreign direct investment in the retail sector. “The Union government has by inviting foreign capital in the retail sector not only kicked off its fall, but also has at the last phase of its regime got small traders and consumers of the country at the mercy of giant foreign traders,” said Joshi.
In Almora, the traders jointly made the bandh successful and formed various groups to draw cooperation of all business establishments.
“All businessmen, banks and private schools cooperated in the bandh,” said Sanjay Shah Tikku, president of the Nagar Vyapar Mandal, Almora.
But the markets in Champawat district remained open as the two factions of the Traders’ Union could not arrive at a consensus. “We are not taking part in the Bharat Bandh as we do not have a tradition to follow calls given by political parties. Our state traders’ organisation has not issued any call for a bandh,” said Tribhuwan Giri, president of the Champawat Nagar Vyapar Sangh.
However, members of the Champawat Bar Association observed a bandh in support of the call.aIn Bageshwar, traders and BJP workers took part in the bandh that was complete. “Both groups organised a joint meeting in the town and pledged to oust foreign capital from the retail sector of the country,” said Umesh Fulara, town president of the Vyapar Sangh. 

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