Delhi Trade Bandh: Shops shut down to protest sealing

Adviser to CM Kejriwal resigns

In solidarity with Prakash, IAS and Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Services (DCS) officers have not been attending meetings with AAP ministers, and only maintaining written communication with them.

Mr. Maken said that the situation would only get worse with sealing drives at unauthorised colonies possible in the future.

"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".

Both leaders said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress MPs will also raise the issue in Parliament. "We had a very good meeting with the representatives of Congress. BJP boycotted it".

BJP had earlier expressed apprehensions about the meeting, with MLA Vijender Gupta even advising other participants to wear helmets.

After the meeting, Mr Maken said it was a fruitful discussion on the issue.

He alleged that through the sealing drive, BJP wanted to pave way for foreign direct investments (FDI) in retail in the national capital.

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Sisodia said another such meeting would be called and BJP would be invited again.

"The BJP has the government at the Centre. We should present our points in favour of traders before the committee", Sisodia said.

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 today, while hitting out the BJP for boycotting a meeting called on the issue by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. "Because it is not being done now, there is chaos", Maken said.

Asked about suggestions made by Maken on the matter, Sisodia said the AAP government would consider them.

"Subhash Chopra (Ex PCC President & Speaker Delhi Assembly) and Arvinder Lovely to accompany me in a 3-member delegation for all-party meeting on sealing going with a set of solutions, based on our experience, having successfully dealt with the issue in 2006-07".

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".

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