All-Party Team To Meet Supreme Court Committee On Delhi Sealing Drive

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

Hitting out at the BJP, the deputy chief minister said it was unfortunate that the saffron party's representatives did not attend the all-party meeting called to find a solution to the sealing issue which has caused problems to the city's traders.

"Instead of attending the meeting, the BJP is doing politics".

The traders are deeply agitated because of conducting sealing in utter violation of statutory provisions of The Municipal Corporation of Delhi Act, 1957. We are ready to do anything required to prevent sealing.

The CAIT, however, demanded Singh to press the Centre for enacting a special legislation in the Parliament which could overturn the sealing of commercial entities in residential areas - as ordered by the Supreme Court. The CM requests both the Congress and the BJP to come with us. They want to finish off traders so as to bring in FDI, " he said.

The deputy CM was speaking at a media briefing after the meeting at Kejriwal's residence.

Replying to the tweet, Kejriwal wrote, "I urge u to kindly raise sealing issue strongly in current session of Parliament and force BJP to take all steps necessary to stop sealing n open sealed shops".

"Mr Sisodia said the BJP could resolve the issue immediately if it wanted to".

The sealing drive in the national capital has hit the traders, who have been agitating against it. It will be sent to BJP also.

The Congress leader added that the Master Plan for Delhi-2021 had provisions to protect commercial units from sealing and that the government should submit this to the apex court and the monitoring committee.

The Congress was represented by Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken and senior leaders Arvinder Singh and Subhash Chopra.

After the meeting, Mr Maken said it was a fruitful discussion on the issue.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Development Minister Gopal Rai were among others who attended the meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

Maken attacked the BJP for boycotting the talks, stressing that parties needed to "collectively find a solution" to the traders' problems. However, he said that the BJP would be invited to be a part of the all-party delegation. "Solutions are there in the existing law".

Mr Maken said that everyone should join hands to stop the sealing drive and all the facts should be properly presented before the Supreme Court.