Delhi CM seeks PM, RaGa audience to stop sealing



Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken thanked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for calling an all-party meeting on the sealing issue, while the BJP said they would decide on their participation after consulting state unit chief Manoj Tiwari, who is now overseas.

The sealing drive has been going on for months now in the national capital and led to massive agitation among the traders and shop owners.

Kejriwal has also said that it is important to rise above politics and see the issue as a whole which is affecting so many lives of common people.

Maken, who had written a letter to Kejriwal on Saturday, offering to share with the chief minister what he felt could be a solution to stop the ongoing sealing drive, thanked him for accepting his request. "A Bill has to be brought in Parliament to remove anomalies in the law and save traders from unemployment", Kejriwal added. Speaking in a public address, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal while hitting out at the centre said, "if no solution will come up for sealing till March 31, then I will sit on the hunger strike".

Kejriwal in his letter to Narendra Modi pressed for bringing a Bill in Parliament to remove "anomalies" in the present laws which have necessitated sealing of commercial establishments.

Under the drive, hundreds of commercial establishments have been sealed so far due to non-payment of conversion charges and violations of the Delhi Master Plan.

Traders earn their livelihood honestly and pay tax. "We will put pressure on the Centre together", the chief minister told the Amar Colony traders on Friday. "After two days of Delhi Trade Bandh called by CAIT against sealing, the markets in Delhi were opened restoring the business activities to normal trade though markets observing Sunday as weekly holiday remained closed", the traders' association said in a release here.

All major wholesale and retail markets of Delhi, including Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh, Sadar Bazar, Kashmere Gate, Bhagirath Place, Lajpat Rai Market, Khari Baoli, Naya Bazar, Kamla Nagar, Chawri Bazar, Nai Sarak, Khan Market, South Extension, Greater Kailash, Lajpat Nagar, Amar Colony and Defence Colony, would down their shutters on that day, the CAIT claimed.

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