New Delhi, Mar 28: Over 2,000 markets in the national capital will remain closed on Wednesday as traders gather for a public rally against the ongoing sealing drive. The rally would be held at the Ramleela maidan.

The bandh, called by Chamber of Trade Industries (CTI) along with Confederation of All India Traders, Indian Industries and Trade Group, and Federation of Trade Association, will also be supported by political parties. The protesting traders are expecting around one lakh people to participate in the rally.

To make their protest more effective, traders did not send their children to school. More than 500 buses have been arranged for the protesters and their families. Prominent markets which will be remain closed include Chandni Chowk, Sadar Bazar, Chawri Bazar, Connaught Place, Gandhi Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Ashok Vihar, Rajouri Garden, Lajpat Nagar, Greater Kailash, South Extension, Sarojini Nagar, Kamla Nagar, Naya Bazar, Bhagirath Place, Lajpatrai Market, Kashmiri Gate, Preet Vihar, Shahadra, Krishna Nagar, Janak Puri, Tilak Nagar, Model Town.

Last year in December, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had started a sealing drive which was initiated by a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee. The crackdown was against business establishments using residential areas for commercial purposes.