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Traders body seeks permission to protest against Bezos visit to India, Retail News, ET Retail

Traders body seeks permission to protest against Bezos visit to India A traders’ body has sought permissions from the Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi to hold protests at two places in New Delhi during Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ visit to the city this week and the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said such protests will be simultaneously held in many other cities to oppose the visit of the world’s richest man.

CAIT general secretary Parveen Khandelwal said since Delhi is going to polls next month, the election commission of the National Capital Territory of Delhi has to clear any protests planned in the capital.

He said his group has sought permission for holding two demonstrations against Bezos’ visit on 15th January at Jantar Mantar and the other one at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the venue where Amazon is organizing a mega event called Sambhav for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that will be also attended by Infosys Ltd. co-founder Narayana Murthy and Kishore Biyani, CEO of Future Group that last year sold a minority stake in its retail group to Amazon.

Khandelwal said hundreds of traders will hold placards like “Jeff Bezos go back’ and ‘Amazon go back’ will chant slogans against Bezos’ visit and against Amazon’s alleged malpractices in India.

“Certain placards will have Jeff Bezos’s photo with big crosses on the photos,” Khandelwal said.

For months, the organization of small traders has been very actively protesting against Flipkart and Amazon and CAIT accusing both the e-commerce giants of “unfair business practices” and violation of India’s FDI rules. The group has also blamed both the e-commerce giants for a slump in the businesses of traditional retail during Diwali season in October.

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