Delhi sealing drive: BJP hits back at Arvind Kejriwal, Ajay Maken

  • Delhi sealing drive: BJP hits back at Arvind Kejriwal, Ajay Maken

Delhi sealing drive: BJP hits back at Arvind Kejriwal, Ajay Maken

The BJP today chose to boycott an all-party meet called by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tomorrow to find a solution to problems being faced by traders because of an ongoing sealing drive in the city, even as the AAP slammed state BJP chief Manoj Tiwari for touring overseas at a time when city traders were facing problems. "I wish BJP had also participated in the interest of Delhi's traders" (sic).

Sisodia said in the days to come, the sealing drive was likely to intensify and also reach the rural areas.

The all-party meeting ended up being an AAP and Congress meeting, with the BJP boycotting.

"There are some issues on which we should not do party politics", he said.

He said that another meeting would be called on the issue of sealing if the BJP is willing to attend it.

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.

"BJP wants to make way for FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) through the sealing drive", Sisodia said and added that the drive is being done with the support of BJP.

At the instance of a Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee sealing actions have been taken by civic bodies across Delhi for violation of civic norms or Master Plan of Delhi 2021.

After the meeting, Maken said the discussion was fruitful.

"The government should appoint prominent lawyers as the chief minister has appointed for his personal litigation", BJP said in a letter to Kejriwal.

Following the sealing drive, traders had alleged that they were beaten up by the Delhi Police personnel deployed on the spot. 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.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Development Minister Gopal Rai were among others who attended the meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

The commercial activities in the national capital came to a standstill on Tuesday with a day long "Delhi Trade Bandh" call given by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) against arbitrary sealing of business establishments here.

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