Sealing issue: Kejriwal holds all-party meeting to find solution

Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan claims Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash was assaulted in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan claims Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash was assaulted in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Addressing a press conference after the meeting held at the chief minister's residence, Mr Sisodia said that Mr Maken has assured them Congress MPs would raise the sealing issue in the Parliament along with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MPs. "Their real goal is to introduce FDI in retail and ruin the traders". "After this affidavit the Supreme Court expressed its concern over the intentions of Delhi Government and revived its Monitoring Committee to curb the growing menace of unauthorized construction, " he said.

The Congress leader added that the Master Plan for Delhi-2021 had provisions to protect commercial units from sealing and that the government should submit this to the apex court and the monitoring committee.

The deputy CM was speaking at a media briefing after the meeting at Kejriwal's residence. Arvind Kejriwal has already written a letter to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi, to bring changes in the ruling so that people, who earn their livelihoods through the shops don't lose their jobs and the situation could even lead to violence in the city.

Notably, a "bandh" is being observed on Tuesday by the traders in the national capital in protest against the sealing drive.

Sisodia said the BJP could resolve the issue "immediately" if it wanted to.

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

Maken attacked the BJP for boycotting the talks, stressing that parties needed to "collectively find a solution" to the traders' problems. Mr Tiwari who is on a state visit overseas on Tuesday had a teleconference discussion with senior Delhi BJP Office bearers and traders on the sealing issue.

"Stop the drama of allegations and counter-allegations on the issue of sealing in Delhi".

"We have given a representation to the CM, and will send this to the BJP also, in which we have divided the city into six parts".

AAP and the government were represented by Kejriwal, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, urban development minister Satyendar Jain, Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, AAP's Delhi convener Gopal Rai and MLA Somnath Bharti. "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. "The government must make a submission properly in the court with conviction", Maken said.

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