With inclusion of various steps in its manifesto like ‘National Traders Welfare Board’, pension to merchants over the age of 60 years, accident insurance of 10 lakh to businessmen registered in Goods and Services Tax (GST), national retail trade policy, merchant credit card, Mudra and Ayushman Bharat scheme, the Bharatiya Janata Party has succeeded in attracting traders to vote in party’s favour, said the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), adding that in its feedback and survey held among traders across the country, the BJP is all set to win around 300 seats.
This estimate has been made by the traders’ body after getting feedback from traders who have got further feedback from their respective customers which indicates that BJP will take around 300 seats, while the constituent parties of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will also secure between 45 and 50 seats. In a statement released on Wednesday, CAIT stated that they carried out survey across the country based on the feedback among traders and their customers.
“This time, traders from across the country have not only voted for BJP and allies but have also launched a major support campaign on appeal of the CAIT for BJP and its allies,” it said, adding that there are about 70 million businessmen in the country which
employ around 30 million people and this time traders and their employees have voted across the country as a strong vote bank.
CAIT National President BC Bhartia and Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said that people of the Country did not appreciate negative campaigning of Rahul Gandhi. Beginning with Chowkidar Chor Hai, Gandhi and other opposition leaders used
abusive words for the Prime Minister and attacked him personally instead of talking on issues, he said.
“The Opposition party failed to put the government in the dock for its tenure of last five years. The sensitive issue like inflation was never raised by the opposition. Apart from personal criticism, no national issue was ever raised by Rahul Gandhi or other opposition leaders,” they said.
The CAIT said that it also came to light that Modi succeeded in making nationalism a major issue of elections, which was directly related to the hearts of the people.