Arvind Kejriwal writes to PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi, seeks meeting on sealing

Protest in Amar Colony Lajpat Nagar as shops have been sealed

Protest in Amar Colony Lajpat Nagar as shops have been sealed

While interacting with the traders of Amar Colony market on Friday, Kejriwal threatened to launch a hunger strike if the issue is not resolved until the month's end.

Mr Maken said the situation has worsened and if the sealing issue was not tackled sensibly in the coming days, the condition in Delhi was bound to get unsafe. The sealing drive was started by the municipal corporations of the national capital on the directions of a Supreme Court-appointed committee in December previous year. "We will put pressure on the central government", the CM said.

Incidently, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too has written letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, stressing on the need for bringing a Bill in Parliament to stop sealing. These traders work hard with utmost honesty to carry out their trading business and even pay taxes to the government.

He also warned the PM that since people are being rendered unemployed, the crime in the capital may go up. Speaking in a public address, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal while hitting out at the centre said, "if no solution will come up for sealing till March 31, then I will sit on the hunger strike". Citing the loss of jobs, he said the sealing drive could impact the law and order situation in the city. There is only one solution now. Coming to the Kejriwal's letter to Rahul Gandhi, the chief minister sought an appointment with him and said sealing of commercial establishments is driving lakhs of people unemployed.

The Delhi assembly will pass a resolution over the issue in its budget session, slated to begin from March 16, and send it to the Centre for bringing the ordinance, he said, adding AAP MPs would hold consultations with parliamentarians of other parties to raise the issue in both the houses of parliament. Hundreds of shops falling under the jurisdiction of north and south Delhi markets have been sealed for failing to deposit conversion charges according to provisions in Master Plan 2021.

He also urged for the shops that have already been shut to be reopened.

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