Kejriwal seeks ordinance to maintain status quo on sealing
NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the BJP should end its "stunt and theatrics" over the sealing issue, and immediately bring an ordinance to maintain status quo and provide relief to lakhs of people. His comments came hours after the Supreme Court closed contempt proceedings against BJP MP Manoj Tiwari for breaking the civic agency's seal on a premises here in September.
The court, however, slammed the Delhi BJP chief for levelling frivolous allegations against the court-mandated committee, saying it shows how "low he can stoop". "If BJP is done wid its stunts and theatrics, the people of Delhi urge BJP to immediately bring an ordinance now to maintain status quo, provide relief to lakhs of people and save their jobs (sic)," Kejriwal tweeted.
The apex court also said that "misplaced political propaganda has no place" and "such practices should be deprecated".
Later, Tiwari claimed that the court had noted his concerns over the "pick and choose policy" in the ongoing sealing drive in the national Capital. "The pick and choose policy of the Monitoring Committee and the illegal sealing actions which have been highlighted by us have been taken note of by the Supreme Court," he said in a statement.
The BJP had failed to stop the sealing drive, which has been happening since December, even though it controls the Union Urban Development Ministry, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the municipal corporations.
On March 16 this year, the Delhi Assembly had passed a resolution demanding to stop the ongoing sealing drive in the city and also to de-seal already sealed shops, while Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal had advocated for a bill or an ordinance in the Parliament to maintain status quo for two years.
The sealing drive being carried out by the three BJP-led city municipal corporations under the guidance of a Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee is against business establishments using residential properties for commercial purposes.