Monday, 19 March, 2018

Kejriwal writes to Modi, Rahul; seeks appointments to resolve sealing issue

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a public meeting amid a protest by a group of people over ongoing sealing drive at Amar Colony Market in New Delhi on Friday. PTI In Outrage Of Sealing Drive, Arvind Kejriwal Threatens Hunger Strike From March 31
Melissa Porter | 11 March, 2018, 13:31

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi making desperate pleas for their intervention in the ongoing sealing row in the national capital.

This prompted the Delhi chief minister to threaten launching a hunger strike and urge parties across the political spectrum to "unite and pressure the Centre" to bring an "ordinance" to stop the ongoing sealing drive.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has called for an "all-party meeting" at his residence on Tuesday to find solutions to the problems being faced by traders due to the sealing drive in the national capital.

"Traders are on the verge of starvation; the shops are means of livelihood for many. If all of them are rendered unemployed (due to sealing) then it may have a huge impact law and order situation", he wrote in his letter to the PM. "A Bill has to be brought in Parliament to remove anomalies in the law and save traders from unemployment", Kejriwal added.

"Instead of talking about hunger strike, Kejriwal should honestly work for the traders and accordingly pass a bill for a moratorium on sealing in the upcoming session of the Assembly and send it to the central government for approval", CAIT secretary general Praveen Khandelwal said.

No sealing can be carried out in Delhi as per existing law, Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said on Saturday, while citing amendments in the Master Plan, and expres-sed concern that the Centre and the Delhi government were not properly handling the issue. The sealing drive was started by the municipal corporations of the national capital on the directions of a Supreme Court-appointed committee in December a year ago. Sealing is going on all over Delhi and, traders, whether close to the BJP, Congress or AAP, are being affected. Kejriwal, in his letter said Maken, being a former union urban development minister, would be able to offer "good and practical" solution to the sealing issue.

He said it was indeed very sad that both the Centre and the Delhi government were not properly handling the issue. Currently, the AAP is among the strongest political critics of the BJP. Make a donation and help pay for our journalism.