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

Tuesday, 13 Mar, 2018

An all-party meeting to discuss the sealing drive in the capital will take place at Arvind Kejriwal's residence on Tuesday. The committee is sealing business establishments that are using residential properties for commercial purposes.

Addressing the media separately, Sisodia and Maken also attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not taking part in the meeting, despite an invitation from Kejriwal.

"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.

"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. But the BJP wants to finish off traders by establishing foreign direct investment in the city", he said. "Both the AAP and Congress MPs will do that", said Mr. Sisodia.

The sealing drive, which started in December 2017 on orders of the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee, has affected markets across the city.

In solidarity with Prakash, IAS officers as well as Civil Services officers of Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands have not been attending meetings with AAP ministers, and only maintaining written communication with them.

However, after the meeting both Congress and AAP leaders struck a different chord.

The traders are deeply agitated because of conducting sealing in utter violation of statutory provisions of The Municipal Corporation of Delhi Act, 1957.

He said that the BJP's connivance and "fake fight" had led to traders suffering huge losses. "AAP will support any such effort [sic]".

The sealing drive was undertaken by the municipal corporations of the national capital on the directions of a Supreme Court-appointed committee in December previous year.

"Not even a single shop owner will open his shop in Delhi-NCR on Tuesday, every corner of the Capital will remain shut", said Praveen Khandelwal, general secretary, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT).

Following the sealing drive, traders had alleged that they were beaten up by the Delhi Police personnel deployed on the spot.

Municipal Corporations are carrying out the drive under the directions of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee. In 2012, the apex court asked the committee to halt the drive.