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13 March 2018, 10:23 | Melissa Porter
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal visiting the shops which were sealed by MCD Near Pul Mithaiwala in New Delhi
While Kejriwal previously assured them of all help and even wrote to PM Narendra Modi, he has now called for an all-party meeting in a letter which read that 'there is a need for us to rise above party lines to find a solution to the sealing issue.' He has also requested that only three members of each party attend the meeting 'so that we can come to a fruitful solution'.
The traders are deeply agitated because of conducting sealing in utter violation of statutory provisions of The Municipal Corporation of Delhi Act, 1957. "I wish BJP had also participated in the interest of Delhi's traders" (sic).
Chawla also alleged that during the sealing drive, additional deputy commissioner of police Amit Sharma slapped one of his employees.
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.
"There are some issues on which we should not do party politics", he said.
Later, Kejriwal also tweeted, "Had a v good meeting wid reps of Congress. BJP boycotted".
"If the Kejriwal government is committed to find a solution of sealing issue, it should immediately hold a special session of Delhi Vidhan Sabha on March 15 and pass a resolution seeking moratorium (on sealing of) all commercial constructions and unauthorized colonies existing as on 31st December, 2017 and forward it to the centre government", Tiwari said in a statement. "The government is likely to submit the matter to SC coming Monday", said Sisodia.
Maken attacked the BJP for boycotting the talks, stressing that parties needed to "collectively find a solution" to the traders' problems.
In solidarity with Prakash, IAS officers as well as Civil Services officers of Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands have not been attending meetings with AAP ministers, and only maintaining written communication with them.
Following the sealing drive, traders had alleged that they were beaten up by the Delhi Police personnel deployed on the spot. "Because it is not being done now, there is chaos", Maken said.
Notably, a "bandh" is being observed on Tuesday by the traders in the national capital in protest against the sealing drive. 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.
The sealing drive is being carried out on the order of the Supreme Court over "misuse of premises".
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