Major markets to remain shut today to protest against sealing drive

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

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.

An all-party delegation will meet a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee to seek a solution to problems posed by an ongoing sealing drive, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Tuesday, while hitting out at the BJP for boycotting a meeting called on the issue by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Congress president Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi that the blame game over the issue of sealing should stop.

"Instead of attending the meeting, the BJP is doing politics".

"According to the party, Tiwari, who is now on a state visit overseas, had a teleconference discussion with senior Delhi BJP office bearers and trader leaders on the sealing issue". Over seven lakh traders would be participating in the protest, said the statement issued by CAIT.

Meanwhile, the BJP has made a decision to boycott the all-party meet called by Kejriwal even as the AAP slammed Tiwari for touring overseas at a time when city traders were facing problems. "But the BJP wants to finish off traders by establishing foreign direct investment in the city", he said.

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"The government should appoint prominent lawyers as the chief minister has appointed for his personal litigation", BJP said in a letter to Kejriwal. They want to finish off traders so as to bring in FDI, " he said.

The Municipal Corporations have undertaken the sealing drive following directions of the Supreme Court appointed committee a year ago. "Because it is not being done now, there is chaos", Maken said.

Health minister Satyendar Jain, development minister Gopal Rai, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and MLA Somnath Bharti were among the others who took part in the talks. This after the Delhi Chief Minister sent out invites to members of all parties - including Congress'Ajay Maken and BJP's Manoj Tiwari.

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.

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

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