42-day-long stir on Tuesday

Indore : After getting some kind of assurance from BJP national president Amit Shah and Union Minister Piyush Goel, the agitating city bullion traders suspended their 42-day-long indefinite strike on Tuesday. The bullion shops across the city will reopen on Wednesday. Traders have threatened that if their demands were not met then they will again go on strike from April 26.

After proposing to impose 1% Excise Duty on gold jewellary, the indefinite strike started on March 2. In the meantime the traders protested the proposal in different ways including observing bandh on last Saturday. Hukum Soni, president MP Sarafa Association, said that a delegation of the representatives of Gems and Jewellary Federation (GJF) from Mumbai met to BJP president Amit Shah and Union Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goel at New Delhi and hold negotiation with them. Soni said that GJF representative accepted the proposal of imposition of 1% excise duty on gold jewellary but put 3 demands before Shah and Goel. The demands presented to them are: No bullion traders will be arrested, stocks would not be seized and stocks of big traders would not be put on the radar.

Both assured that their demands would be accepted, but this can’t be announced right now. A statement n this regard would be given by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the House on April 26. MP Sarafa president Soni made it clear that in view of talks with Shah and Goel, we have decided to suspend the indefinite strike till April 26 and wait for the government response. If it will be favorable on the date the indefinite strike will put to end on that day.

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