As preparations are underway by political parties for the upcoming Lok Sabha and general elections, the city’s main paper market at Lal Baug is undergoing its annual transition to cater to the rising sales of paper decorations, flags and badges. The market at Lal Baug, which otherwise is a wholesale market of paper and paper products has turned into a main centre for the sale of flags, badges, buntings and large decorated banners. The three peak periods for sales are Independence Day, followed by general elections when political parties produce flags and badges, and the occasion of festivals. Shopkeepers, who had established stalls offering paper flags of various kinds, hit gold due to high demand from all quarters. Later, a number of entrepreneurs started to follow the lead and the market was flooded with badges, plastic flags, cloth flags posters of founding fathers, national heroes and others. High seasonal sales: Shopkeepers say while sales of paper products continue all year round but sales of flags, badges and other such items during general elections. While many parts of the city have taken over the election mode look, the Lal Baug market has become a centre of innumerable flags and badges of different colors and different sizes. Ashok Jagtap – NMTV News.
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