Sealing: BJP-AAP colluding with each other, alleges Rahul Gandhi

Delhi Major wholesale and retail markets remain closed in protest against sealing drive

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Reacting to the government's move, Tiwari said, "It is clearly established before the traders and people of Delhi that the Arvind Kejriwal government not only neglected its duty on protecting the traders from sealing but it also complicated the issue to an extent that Centre is also facing difficulties in bringing an end to the sealing crisis".

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has chose to skip the all-party meeting called by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to address the sealing drive carried out in Delhi by SDMC.

Tiwari alleged that due to the "neglect" of previous Congress governments and the DDA, Delhi has witnessed an "unplanned" development and expansion which in 2006 resulted in the intervention of the Supreme Court followed by sealing drive.

The sealing drive - being carried out by the three BJP-led city municipal corporations under the guidance of the Monitoring Committee - has been launched against the business establishments using residential properties for commercial purposes and the ones which have not paid conversion charges.

Maken attacked the BJP for boycotting the talks, stressing that parties needed to "collectively find a solution" to the traders' problems.

The deputy chief minister said it was decided that both AAP and the Congress would raise the matter in Parliament. The CM requests both the Congress and the BJP to come with us.

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Teaming up against the BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress on Tuesday said they will come together in Parliament to raise the issue of Delhi's ongoing sealing drive and ask the Centre to come up with a solution.

"There are some issues on which we should not do party politics", he said. Ajay Maken will, however, attend all party-meeting to be held at the chief minister's residence 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.

After the meeting, Maken said the discussion was fruitful. "The government must make a submission properly in the court with conviction", Maken said.

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".

Municipal Corporations are carrying out the drive under the directions of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.

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