Delhi Trade Bandh: Shops shut down to protest sealing

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called for an all-party meeting today (March 13) at his residence to find a solution to the ongoing sealing drive in Delhi. "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 CAIT, which has been calling out to halt the sealing drive, ever since it began, has said, the recent sealing operations conducted at Amar Colony, Lajpat Nagar, is one such example, where the sealing has been undertaken, by "violating the DMC Act".

Later, Kejriwal also tweeted, "Had a v good meeting wid reps of Congress. BJP boycotted".

In January, Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta had alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party leaders and workers "misbehaved" with members of a BJP delegation at Kejriwals residence when they had gone there to discuss about relief to traders hit by the sealing drive. Sources in the All-India Congress Committee said they will raise the issue in Parliament, which is in session till April 6.

"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. "But the BJP wants to finish off traders by establishing foreign direct investment in the city", he said.

Sisodia said the BJP could resolve the issue "immediately" if it wanted to."The BJP has the government at the Centre". Ajay Maken will, however, attend all party-meeting to be held at the chief minister's residence on Tuesday. "We have told them that for each area, the MPD and the existing law has a solution and therefore the ongoing sealing is illegal", Maken said.

"It would have been better had the chief minister met the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee and registered his protest for carrying out a sealing drive without any notice. The government must make a submission properly in the court with conviction", Maken said.

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

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

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

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