Surat: The textile unit of the city including traders and powerloom weavers have called for a bandh in the city today in support of their demand for exemption from the Goods and Service Tax (GST).
On Wednesday, the traders held a meeting at the Goodluck textile market on the Ring Road and decided to call for a complete shutdown on Thursday.
In the Vyapari Sangarsh Samiti (VSS) meeting, traders from 165 textile markets on Ring Road, Salabatpura and Sahara Darwaja were urged to support the bandh and keep their shops shut.
The traders expressing dissatisfaction over the GST bill, have called it ‘aafat k din,’ while they were anticipating ‘aache din’ under the BJP regime.
The textile traders also feel betrayed as they believe that they had lent immense support to PM Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, but now the bills like GST are completely against their interests. They also expressed their anger over the union finance minister Arun Jaitley for lending a deaf ear to their grievances.
The bandh has gained support from around 80 textile associations across the country. All the textile association leaders are further expected to meet in New Delhi from June 16 to June 26 to represent the GST issue to the government.
Demonstrations will be held against GST today from 4 pm to 6 pm. Also, many traders intend to sit on a hunger strike from July 1, if their demands aren’t met.