India, Nov. 23 -- In east Delhi's Gandhi Nagar wholesale market, Akashdeep Balli pulled out a stack of packed jackets from a shelf in his shop as few eager customers asked him about the possibility of stock clearance rebates.

As Balli wholeheartedly agreed, his neighbouring shop owners came out yelling higher discounts in the light of a "lockdown" which, they said, can be imposed any time due to a surge in Covid-19 cases in Delhi.

There is anxiety among traders in Delhi about a possible lockdown, even as chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and several other senior leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) insist that it is out of question.

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