Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

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

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

After the all party-meeting at the CM's residence, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the government would submit a survey report on 351 roads in the Supreme Court on Monday to ensure that there is no sealing on these roads in the coming days. "A bill has to be brought in Parliament to remove anomalies in the law and save traders from unemployment", he said.

While Kejriwal "missed" BJP in the meeting, AAP and Congress attacked BJP for missing an opportunity to "speak for the traders".

The Monitoring Committee was set up by the Supreme Court in 2006.

He said the BJP MPs of Delhi and the senior leaders have twice met the Monitoring Committee Members and appealed to them to stop sealing in Delhi but the Chief Minister stayed away.

Sisodia said the government would create opportunities for both parties to apprise the monitoring committee about their views on the sealing. "Ajay Maken (Delhi Congress chief) has given some good suggestions for reforms, we will implement them", Sisodia said.

At the Vyapari Panchayat held on Tuesday at Karol Bagh, the CAIT declared to hold a Mega Rally of Delhi Traders against sealing on forthcoming March 28 at Ramlila Ground.

Taking on the BJP for not attending the meeting, Sisodia said that the ruling party at Centre was not serious and doing politics over the sealing.

The commercial activities in the national capital came to a standstill on Tuesday with a day long "Delhi Trade Bandh" call given by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) against arbitrary sealing of business establishments here. It will be sent to BJP also.

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. However, he said that the BJP would be invited to be a part of the all-party delegation.

Maken came out of the CM's house looking satisfied and said that he had "very fruitful" discussions on the issue and attacked BJP for missing the meeting. "Because it is not being done now, there is chaos", Maken said.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal shot back, asking the Congress chief to raise the "sealing issue" in Parliament and force the BJP to take steps to stop the drive, which he said his party would support. "The government must make a submission properly in the court with conviction", Maken said.

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