Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Kejriwal writes to Modi, Rahul Gandhi; seeks appointments to resolve sealing issue

Kejriwal writes to Modi, Rahul Gandhi; seeks appointments to resolve sealing issue

Delhi CM went ahead and penned another letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to introduce a bill in the Parliament for bringing the drive to an end. Kejriwal said it was the Centre's responsibility to address the anomalies in the law that have caused the latest sealing drive. He said that the people earn their money honestly, but their livelihood is threatened when the shops are sealed, so the best option will be to remove the anomalies in the bill and give them a respite. "If all of them are rendered unemployed [due to sealing] then it may impact law and order situation". "A Bill has to be brought in Parliament to remove anomalies in the law and save traders from unemployment". The sealing drive was undertaken by the municipal corporations of the national capital on the directions of a Supreme Court-appointed committee in December a year ago. The reason for the sealing of the commercial shops is, non-payment of conversion charges and violations of Delhi Master Plan. The drive is reported to be carried out in 351 roads.

Following a meeting with the traders in Delhi's Amar Colony, against whom the police had allegedly used force for protesting, he demanded the Centre to bring an ordinance to stop the drive.

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While the AAP blamed the BJP over the ongoing sealing drive, the Delhi CM maintained that the issue wasn't limited to one party, Indian Express reported. "We will put pressure on the central government". "After two days of Delhi Trade Bandh called by CAIT against sealing, the markets in Delhi were opened restoring the business activities to normal trade though markets observing Sunday as weekly holiday remained closed", the traders' association said in a release here. This is not a situation where those coming to seal are saying: "let's leave the people of these parties alone".

CAIT said the trading community of Delhi is not at all impressed by Kejriwal's announcement since he is trying to score political brownie points on an issue which is directly connected with the livelihood of traders and their employees.

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Kejriwal's efforts to reach out to traders have run into rough weather.

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