Major markets to remain shut today to protest against sealing drive


On Tuesday, Congress leaders Arvinder Singh Lovely and Subash Chopra led by Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ajay Maken went to the residence of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. "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.

Kejriwal had yesterday written to Maken and Tiwari, inviting them for the meeting at his residence on Tuesday, saying, "We should rise above politics and come together to find a solution to the problems that have risen due to sealing".

Later, Kejriwal also tweeted, "Had a v good meeting wid reps of Congress. BJP boycotted".

Maken attacked the BJP for boycotting the talks, stressing that parties needed to "collectively find a solution" to the traders' problems. Over seven lakh traders would be participating in the protest, said the statement issued by CAIT.

He said that another meeting would be called on the issue of sealing if the BJP is willing to attend it.

"BJP wants to make way for FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) through the sealing drive", Sisodia said and added that the drive is being done with the support of BJP.

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Reacting to the AAP's government criticism, Tiwari, who is on five-day visit to Mauritius with president Ram Nath Kovind, said, "If the Kejriwal government is committed to find a solution, it should immediately hold a special session of the Delhi assembly on March 15 and pass a resolution seeking moratorium on all commercial constructions and unauthorised colonies existing till December 31 and forward it to the Centre".

"The government should appoint prominent lawyers as the chief minister has appointed for his personal litigation", BJP said in a letter to Kejriwal. "Because it is not being done now, there is chaos", Maken said.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Development Minister Gopal Rai were among others attending the meeting.

Traders protested in various markets across the national capital on Tuesday as part of a day-long bandh called by an industry body against the ongoing sealing drive in Delhi.

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.

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