Delhi sealing: Major markets in Delhi to remain shut today

Henrietta Strickland
March 13, 2018

He alleged that through the sealing drive, the BJP wanted to pave the way for foreign direct investments in retail in the national capital. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), have issued a statement that states, 2, 500 traders associations are going to take part in the portest against the shutting of their shops by the authorities. "It is expected that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will not play political game and also bring a bill, to stop sealing, on the first day of the assembly session on March 16". Markets like Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar, Amar Colony, Khan Market, South Extension, Greater Kailash, Karol Bagh, Sadar Bazaar, Kamla Nagar and several other prominent commercial places are likely to remain shut today. Maken is prepared to attend the meeting and has identified the subjects that he will broach at the meeting, including the non-notification of 351 roads as mixed-use lanes.

Hitting out at the BJP, the deputy chief minister said it was unfortunate that the saffron party's representatives did not attend the all-party meeting called to find a solution to the sealing issue which has caused problems to the city's traders.

Apart from senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders including Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh and Gopal Rai, the meeting was also attended by Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief Ajay Maken and his party colleague Arvinder Singh Lovely.

The CAIT, however, demanded Singh to press the Centre for enacting a special legislation in the Parliament which could overturn the sealing of commercial entities in residential areas - as ordered by the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, Mr. Maken, while addressing a gathering of the Delhi Traders Congress, said there were provisions in the Master Plan for Delhi-2021 to protect traders and there was no point in passing a new law. "We were not sent any notice or shown any orders. We have paid conversion charges, we have trade licences and GST numbers... they didn't listen to us", Kamal Chawla told Indian Express.

The issue of sealing, Mr. Chahal wrote, has been bothering the Capital's traders and shopkeepers since December 2017 but the AAP "government did nothing to remedy the situation". "My employee Parvez was slapped by the additional DCP while he was protesting outside the shop".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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