Sealing drive: All-party delegation to meet SC panel, says Congress

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal visiting the shops which were sealed by MCD Near Pul Mithaiwala in New Delhi

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal visiting the shops which were sealed by MCD Near Pul Mithaiwala in New Delhi

Delhi BJP general secretary Ravinder Gupta said the party would not attend the meeting, adding that after the incident at the CMs residence on January 30, where a delegation of saffron party was "misbehaved with", it was proved that the AAP does not believe in a "political dialogue".

The BJP today made a decision to boycott an all-party meet called by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tomorrow to find a solution to problems being faced by traders because of an ongoing sealing drive in the city, even as the AAP slammed state BJP chief Manoj Tiwari for touring overseas at a time when city traders were facing problems. "I assure you from my side that my party and government will do whatever is needed to put an end to sealing and to reopen shops that have already been sealed", wrote the Delhi Chief Minister.

Sisodia said in the days to come, the sealing drive was likely to intensify and also reach the rural areas.

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"If the Kejriwal government is committed to find a solution of sealing issue, it should immediately hold a special session of Delhi Vidhan Sabha on March 15 and pass a resolution seeking moratorium (on sealing of) all commercial constructions and unauthorized colonies existing as on 31st December, 2017 and forward it to the centre government", Tiwari said in a statement. "But the BJP wants to finish off traders by establishing foreign direct investment in the city", he said. "The government is likely to submit the matter to SC coming Monday", said Sisodia. "Because it is not being done now, there is chaos", Maken said.

On 28 March, a traders' rally would be held at Ramlila Maidan here against the sealing drive which, the CAIT said, is in "utter violation" of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi Act, 1957.

Maken said he had suggested that the government effectively tackle the sealing case in the Supreme Court, and added that as the government had so far not approached the monitoring committee, an all party-delegation should meet the court panel to discuss the issue.

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Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Development Minister Gopal Rai were among others attending the meeting. "Ajay Maken (Delhi Congress chief) has given some good suggestions for reforms, we will implement them", Sisodia said.

The commercial activities in the national capital came to a standstill on Tuesday with a day long "Delhi Trade Bandh" call given by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) against arbitrary sealing of business establishments here.

The Monitoring Committee was set up by the Supreme Court in 2006.

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