AAP, BJP, Cong trade barbs over on­go­ing seal­ing

DNA (Delhi) - - Delhi - DNA Cor­re­spon­dent cor­re­spon­dent@dnain­dia.net

The on­go­ing seal­ing drive kept po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity alive in the cap­i­tal on Mon­day as the three ma­jor par­ties - the rul­ing Aam Aadmi Party, the Op­po­si­tion Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress ac­cused each other of mis­han­dling the is­sue. The re­ac­tions came close on the heels of an all-party meet or­gan­ised by Delhi Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal to ad­dress the mat­ter and pro­vide relief to traders.

Ra­jya Sabha MP and AAP leader San­jay Singh blamed the BJP for the “dis­mal” state of traders, who are fac­ing the brunt of the drive. In a press con­fer­ence held here, he said that busi­ness­men are fac­ing a hand-to-mouth be­cause of the seal­ing which has been go­ing on for the past many months. “The BJP rules at the Cen­tre and the BJP-led mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions are ini­ti­at­ing seal­ing drives and ha­rass­ing the traders. If the cen­tre wants, it can bring a bill on seal­ing, and put an end to the woes of busi­ness­men,” Singh said. “In­stead we are be­ing ques­tioned ev­ery day, and the party is casting as­per­sions at us for ru­in­ing busi­ness in the Cap­i­tal,” he said.

Mean­while, the BJP, too, ques­tioned the AAP gov­ern­ment over its fail­ure to pro­vide any relief to traders. The party main­tained that Ke­jri­wal was keener to show his po­lit­i­cal pres­ence in Ch­hat­tis­garh and mak­ing speeches. A se­nior BJP leader said, “Why did the chief min­is­ter refuse to meet us when we went to him with a pro­posed so­lu­tion for seal­ing? In­stead, his party mem­bers mis­be­haved with us. Is this how he plans to soothe the pain of traders?”

On the other hand, Delhi Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Ajay Maken, while ad­dress­ing a meet­ing of the Delhi State Traders’ Congress at the DPCC of­fice said, the on­go­ing seal­ing drive in Delhi was il­le­gal as all the shop­ping ar­eas in Delhi are cov­ered from seal­ing in the ex­ist­ing laws.

—AMAR­JEET SINGH/DNA

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