Delhi Sealing: Traders protest, down shutters in various markets

Sealing Drive

Delhi Trade Bandh: Shops shut down to protest sealing

The sources said on Tuesday that the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's advisor VK Jain has resigned from his post mentioning personal reasons and family commitments, days following he was questioned by police in connection with the alleged assault on chief secretary Anshu Prakash.

More than seven lakh commercial establishments and more than 2,500 markets across Delhi participated in the Delhi Trade Bandh.

Maken came out of the CM's house looking satisfied and said that he had "very fruitful" discussions on the issue and attacked BJP for missing the meeting.

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

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

Meanwhile, the BJP has chose 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.

"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.

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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.

On 28 March, a traders' rally would be held at Ramlila Maidan here against the sealing drive which, the CAIT said, is in "utter violation" of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi Act, 1957.

Sisodia said the government would create opportunities for both parties to apprise the monitoring committee about their views on the sealing.

On March 11, the Chief Minister had written to Delhi Congress and BJP chiefs respectively, inviting them to attend the all-party meeting. The meeting lasted nearly for an hour and was fruitful, Maken said.

Replying to Mr. Gandhi's tweet, Mr. Kejriwal said: "I urge u to kindly raise sealing issue strongly in current session of Parliament and force BJP to take all steps necessary to stop sealing n open sealed shops".

Maken said the Delhi government has not met the Monitoring Committee since the sealing drive began and added that Kejriwal has also agreed for a meeting with the parliamentary panel. 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.

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