Major markets to remain shut today to protest against sealing drive

Laverne Higgins
March 13, 2018

Confirming that the BJP would not attend the all-party meet, its Delhi general secretary Ravinder Gupta said that after a delegation of the saffron party was "misbehaved with" at the CM residence, it is clear that AAP doesn't believe in a political dialogue.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made a decision to skip the all-party meeting called by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to address the sealing drive carried out in Delhi by SDMC. "I have requested Delhi government to ask the director local of bodies to direct the municipal corporations to inform the public about the reasons for sealing before the sealing is carried out".

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

The sealing drive, which started in December 2017 on orders of the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee, has affected markets across the city. Sources in the All-India Congress Committee said they will raise the issue in Parliament, which is in session till April 6.

"According to the party, Tiwari, who is now on a state visit overseas, had a teleconference discussion with senior Delhi BJP office bearers and trader leaders on the sealing issue.

The discussion for traders was necessary and if needed, we will again call a meeting and appeal to the BJP to attend it", Sisodia said.

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Sisodia said the BJP could resolve the issue "immediately" if it wanted to."The BJP has the government at the Centre". The meeting lasted nearly for an hour and was fruitful, Maken said.

Protesting traders took out protest march in different markets of Delhi and held demonstration at about 100 different places across Delhi demanding immediate stoppage of sealing and de-sealing of properties already sealed.

Last week, the Delhi police told a court during the investigation that Jain revealed that AAP MLAs Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan bounded the chief secretary and witnessed them assaulting him at CM's residence.

The sealing drive in the national capital has hit the traders, who have been agitating against it.

Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash was allegedly assaulted by AAP MLAs during a meeting at the chief minister's residence in the evening of February 19.

Municipal Corporations are carrying out the drive under the directions of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.

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