All-party meet at Kejriwal's residence to discuss sealing drive in Delhi


Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken on Tuesday made separate statements on the issue after a meeting with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other Delhi ministers at the chief minister's residence.

"This (sealing) is the biggest crisis in the lives of traders".

Sisodia said another such meeting would be called and BJP would be invited again.

The Monitoring Committee was set up by the Supreme Court in 2006. They want to finish off traders so as to bring in FDI, " he said.

He said in the name of an All Party meeting on sealing issue, the two faces of the same coin - Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) - on Tuesday sat together and praised each other's efforts. More than half a dozen policemen were deployed additionally apart from the regular security deployment outside the CM's residence for the meeting. "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".

The sealings, being conducted under the monitor of a court-appointed committee, discontinued after 2012, when the state government proposed the Delhi Master Plan 2021, which allowed commercial establishments to run simultaneously in residential areas.

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In his letter to Maken specifically, Kejriwal wrote that since the Congress leader has been a minister for Urban Development, he is sure of getting good and practical suggestions on the issue from him. It will be sent to BJP also.

Earlier in the day, Mr Maken expressed hope that the Government would find a solution to the issue which has affected traders across the city.

Maken also attacked the BJP for boycotting the meet.

"There are some issues on which we should not do party politics", he said.

The Congress leader said the Delhi government's view had not been appropriately presented before the court.

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".