BJP to ap­proach Cen­tre af­ter ac­ri­mo­nious meet­ing with CM

STALE­MATE BJP lead­ers al­leged they were heck­led by AAP MLAs at CM’s res­i­dence, Kejriwal says BJP ‘just walked out’

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NEW DELHI: Fol­low­ing an al­leged “un­suc­cess­ful” at­tempt to ini­ti­ate dis­cus­sion over on­go­ing seal­ing with Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi said it would ap­proach Union ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­istry and Delhi Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor Anil Bai­jal to get the is­sue re­solved.

“The BJP tried its best to­day but could not elicit de­sired re­sponse from the Delhi govern­ment. On Wednesday, we are meet­ing the Union ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter and the L-G. I am cer­tain that we will find a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem,” said Manoj Ti­wari, Delhi BJP chief.

Ti­wari was ad­dress­ing the me­dia af­ter walk­ing out of the meet­ing at Kejriwal’s res­i­dence fol­low­ing al­leged heck­ling by AAP MLAs and sup­port­ers.

Ti­wari went to CM’s place with a del­e­ga­tion of BJP MPs, MLAs, and may­ors to have a de­lib­er­a­tion over ac­tion against the prop­er­ties for al­leged vi­o­la­tion of civic norms. Ti­wari fur­ther al­leged that the AAP MLAs and the “an­ti­so­cial el­e­ments” at the meet­ing had al­legedly mis­be­haved with the BJP lead­ers.

“They hurled abuses at us. They heck­led and thrashed us. It be­comes more wor­ri­some if the at­tack takes place at the res­i­dence of a chief min­is­ter. We were in­sulted but we re­mained calm be­cause BJP wanted to re­solve the prob­lem that con­cerns two crore peo­ple of Delhi,” said the BJP leader, adding that he in­vites AAP lead­ers for an open dis­cus­sion at Ramlila Maidan.

Kejriwal said the op­po­si­tion lead­ers were ‘ly­ing’. “I made a sin­cere re­quest to BJP mem­bers to sit down and dis­cuss and to­gether find a so­lu­tion to seal­ing drive but they walked out,” the CM said.

The meet­ing ended in chaos as lead­ers of both par­ties in­dulged in heated ar­gu­ment. Delhi BJP

gen­eral sec­re­tary Ravin­der Gupta later filed a po­lice com­plaint against some AAP MLAs ac­cus­ing them of at­tack­ing his party lead­ers at the Civil Lines po­lice sta­tion.

Rajesh Bha­tia, gen­eral sec­re­tary of state unit of BJP said the ac­tion (seal­ing) should be ter­mi­nated im­me­di­ately be­cause it is un­fair to “pun­ish traders for the sins of the govern­ment”.

“The chief min­is­ter’s be­hav­iour proves that the govern­ment has failed to ad­dress the real is­sue, which re­sulted in seal­ing in the city. We de­mand sus­pen­sion of seal­ing un­til a sys­tem to han­dle the sit­u­a­tion is emerged,” he said.

“The Floor Area Ra­tio (FAR) should be in­creased from 180 to 300 as this would lead to legalise prop­er­ties fac­ing seal­ing threat,” he said.

SUSHIL KU­MAR/SANCHIT KHANNA/HT

(Clock­wise from top) Stu­dents pack­ing their be­long­ings at a PG af­ter por­tions of some build­ings were sealed by MCD at Desh Bandhu Gupta Mar­ket, Karol Bagh, on Tuesday; A locked premises at the mar­ket; and al­leged workers of the AAP and BJP in a scuf­fle af­ter some BJP mem­bers al­legedly raised black flags dur­ing CM Arvind Kejriwal’s visit near Pul Mithai in north Delhi’s Sadar Bazar area on Tuesday.

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