NEW DELHI: For the first time the AAP and the Congress have joined hands to fight the sealing drive in Delhi. After an all-party meeting which was boycotted by the BJP leaders, the AAP and the Congress took the decision to meet the SC-appointed monitoring committee on the sealing drive.
The meeting, held earlier on Tuesday, was attended by three members of the Delhi Congress, led by DPCC chief Ajay Maken, among others. The BJP did not take part in the meeting.
In the evening, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged Congress president Rahul Gandhi to raise the issue in Parliament. He said, "I urge you to kindly raise the sealing issue strongly in the current session of Parliament and force BJP to take all steps necessary to stop sealing and open sealed shops. AAP will support any such effort."
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said Maken had assured them that Congress MPs would raise the sealing issue in Parliament along with Aam Aamdi Party MPs. 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.
He alleged that through the sealing drive, the BJP wanted to pave the way for foreign direct investments in retail in the national capital.
"In today's meeting, it was decided that the all-party delegation will meet the monitoring committee to find a solution to the sealing issue," Sisodia said.
Adding to AAP's observation, Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken said that he advised Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that the government should go to the Supreme Court to find a solution to the sealing issue, and the Delhi Government should also meet the Monitoring Committee.
He added that everyone should join hands to stop the sealing drive as all the facts should be properly presented before the Supreme Court and the Monitoring Committee as there is the provision in the Master Plan and the existing laws to give relief from the sealing drive.
He also said, "In the coming days, the situation can get worse in Delhi when the sealing will get intensified in unauthorised colonies and in villages."