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Traders must unite to fight sealing drive: CM

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday joined the protest by traders at Gandhi Nagar market, on the issue of sealing drive in Delhi.
Kejriwal urged all the traders to come together across political affiliations to fight the ongoing sealing drive.
"Forget about politics and let us agitate together. I am here today not as a leader of AAP but as your Chief Minister and I will fight with you," he said.
The CM said that BJP has tried to divulge the issue by raising the notification of 351 roads, but the Delhi government has already started working on these roads.
"After repeated requests to the MCDs, we received the files last week on Monday. We will send the files for the Supreme Court's affiliation and the work will be done," Kejriwal added.
He further said that the only way out to stop the sealing drive is through an ordinance in the Parliament.
"We have requested an ordinance and raised the issue in Parliament," he said.
Earlier, the CM had called for an 'all-party meeting' at his residence on Tuesday, to find solutions to the problems being faced by traders due to the sealing drive in the national Capital.
The CM, on Saturday, had written letters to Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari and Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken, in which he said, "We should rise above politics and come together to find a solution to the problems that have risen due to sealing".
The meeting took place at his residence, which was in attended by Maken but boycotted by BJP. After the meeting, Congress and AAP said they will work together on the issue of sealing and raise it in the Parliament.
Earlier, the CM had threatened go on a hunger strike, if the issue of sealing of commercial establishments in the city is not resolved by the end of the month.
"If there is no solution to the sealing drive by March 31, I will sit on hunger strike. We will put pressure on the Centre together," the CM had told traders.
In the Budget session, scheduled to commence on Friday, the Delhi Assembly will pass a resolution against sealing and send it to the Centre, urging for an ordinance against it. Kejriwal has written a letter to the Prime Minister and the Union Urban Development Minister, urging to have the ordinance passed.
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