Delhi sealing drive: BJP hits back at Arvind Kejriwal, Ajay Maken

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

An all-party delegation will meet a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee to seek a solution to problems posed by an ongoing sealing drive, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said today, while hitting out the BJP for boycotting a meeting called on the issue by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Cong MPs will raise sealing issue in Parliament along with AAP MPs.

Maken said he had suggested that the government effectively tackle the sealing case in the Supreme Court, and added that as the government had so far not approached the monitoring committee, an all party-delegation should meet the court panel to discuss the issue.

Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused the BJP and the AAP of "collusion" on issue and asked both the parties to stop blaming each other and find an immediate solution to the problem.

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

"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".

He alleged that through the sealing drive, the BJP wanted to pave the way for foreign direct investments in retail in the national capital.




"There are some issues on which we should not do party politics", he said. "We should present our points in favour of traders before the committee", Sisodia said.

Even though BJP was also invited to this all-party meeting, it boycotted it.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Development Minister Gopal Rai, AAP leader Sanjay Singh and lawmaker Somnath Bharti were among the others who took part in the talks.

After the meeting, Maken said the discussion was fruitful.

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.

The then Centre and State Government under Congress Party working by on its past strategy to suppress the issue, brought out an under developed Master Plan-2021 which though stopped the sealing at that time but soon complicated the situation to the extent that in 2017 Supreme Court actively re-intervened.

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