BJP to boycott all party-meet called by Kejriwal to discuss sealing

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal visiting the shops which were sealed by MCD Near Pul Mithaiwala in New Delhi

A total of 1,675 business establishments were sealed across the Delhi from January 23rd till March 9 in the ongoing sealing drive by the BJP led MCD, information released by the corporation said on Tuesday. VK Jain has resigned from his position after days after he was questioned by Delhi police in relations to the allegations assault with Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.

"Subhash Chopra (Ex PCC President & Speaker Delhi Assembly) and Arvinder Lovely to accompany me in a 3-member delegation for all-party meeting on sealing going with a set of solutions, based on our experience, having successfully dealt with the issue in 2006-07. A bill has to be brought in Parliament to remove anomalies in the law and save traders from unemployment", he said.

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. "We should present our points in favour of traders before the committee", Sisodia said.

Kejriwal had yesterday written to Maken and Tiwari, inviting them for the meeting at his residence on Tuesday, saying, "We should rise above politics and come together to find a solution to the problems that have risen due to sealing".

Sisodia said the BJP could resolve the issue "immediately" if it wanted to."The BJP has the government at the Centre".

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.

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 meeting lasted nearly for an hour and was fruitful, Maken said. "Hope the Government listens", Mr Maken tweeted. The chief secretary Prakash was allegedly assaulted by AAP MLAs during a meeting at the chief minister Kejriwal's residence in the evening of February 19.

All major markets in Delhi will remain shut today as the consortium of major trade unions in the national capital have called a one-day "trade bandh".

The sealing drive is being carried out on the order of the Supreme Court over "misuse of premises".

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