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Any political party which give assurance that not shifting the Gandhi Market- will get our electoral support

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TRICHY: Elections offer the best opportunity for the public to make political parties dance to their tune and derive promises. No wonder then that vegetable traders of Gandhi Market who have been resisting their proposed relocation to the city’s outskirts have decided to pounce on the opportunity.

With general election just months away, the traders have declared that they will support the party that says ‘no’ to relocating Gandhi market to the integrated vegetable market in Kallikudi. The development comes amid multiple failed attempts by the district administration to move the traders out citing traffic congestion.

Gandhi Market in the heart of the city serves as a hub for retail and wholesale vegetable sales in the central districts. Owing to haphazard parking of cargo carriers visiting the market round-the-clock, traffic congestion has been a regular feature of the area. However, inadequate space and distant location of Kallikudi from the city limits were cited as reasons by the traders for not shifting to the new market.

“We can influence at least 50,000 votes in Trichy parliamentary constituency. Any political party which gives us a firm assurance that they will not shift the Gandhi Market will get our electoral support,” M K Kamalakkannan, president of Gandhi market vegetable traders association, told. Vegetable traders have already started circulating posters conveying their stand on social media platforms. What if all parties accept the demands of traders? Then their support would go to the party that approached them first, they said.

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