Sealing: BJP-AAP colluding with each other, alleges Rahul Gandhi

Trade Bandh in Delhi to Oppose Sealing Drive All Major Markets Remain Shut

Traders in Delhi protesting against Centre and state government on Monday

Mr. Jain, a retired IAS officer, attended a late night meeting at the Chief Minister's residence on February 19 where Mr. Prakash was allegedly assaulted by Aam Aadmi Party MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal in the presence of Mr. Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

Mr Maken also attacked the BJP for boycotting the meet.

"There are some issues on which we should not do party politics", he said.

Notably, a "bandh" is being observed on Tuesday by the traders in the national capital in protest against the sealing drive.

He said that another meeting would be called on the issue of sealing if the BJP is willing to attend it.

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 sealing drive was ordered by a monitoring-committee appointed by Supreme Court to shut down illegal establishments in the national capital.

On March 28, a traders rally will 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. Mr Tiwari who is on a state visit overseas on Tuesday had a teleconference discussion with senior Delhi BJP Office bearers and traders on the sealing issue. It is an irony of political situation of Delhi that the current irresponsible Government is praising Congress the party originally responsible for the sealing menace, " Mr Tiwari said. "The BJP can resolve the issue in a day if they want to".

CAIT in a statement informed over 7 lakh traders belonging to 2500 different trade associations are to participate in the protest. "A bill has to be brought in Parliament to remove anomalies in the law and save traders from unemployment", he said.

Shopkeepers from Amar Colony to Karol Bagh raised slogans and waved black flags to voice their protest under the banner of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT).

The Municipal Corporations have undertaken the sealing drive following directions of the Supreme Court appointed committee previous year.

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