Kejriwal reaches out to traders; blames BJP, L-G

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro - Ashish Mishra ashish.mishra2@htlive.com

NEW DELHI: Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Kejriwal crit­i­cised the BJP and said that the L-G and the BJP-led civic bod­ies should come up with a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to the on­go­ing seal­ing drive in the city while ad­dress­ing a group of traders at E-block Hauz Khas Mar­ket on Tuesday af­ter­noon.

“We are com­pletely against seal­ing in Delhi. This is a third blow to the traders in a year af­ter de­mon­eti­sa­tion and Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST). Delhi is all about traders and if they are made to suf­fer, then how city’s econ­omy will work?” Kejriwal ques­tioned.

CM’s day-long tour to six such mar­kets comes at a time when Delhi is star­ing at by­polls af­ter dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of Aam Aadmi Party’s 20 MLAs for al­legedly hold­ing of­fice of profit.

Af­ter a ruckus in a meet­ing with BJP lead­ers ear­lier in the day, Kejriwal be­gan his mar­ket tour from Model Town at 12.30 pm. It was fol­lowed by Sadar Bazar where he was shown black flags by some traders, al­leged lo­cals. Around 1.45 pm, Kejriwal reached Karol Bagh mar­ket and from there he went to Me­herc­hand Mar­ket. His cav­al­cade then pro­ceeded to­wards Defence Colony where he ex­plained how the govern­ment was not in a po­si­tion to do much on the is­sue. Kejriwal con­cluded his tour at Hauz Khas Mar­ket.

Ke­jr­wal pointed out flaws in the laws (Mas­ter Plan 2021), which led to seal­ing and traders be­ing trou­bled. He also re­ferred to a let­ter writ­ten to lieu­tenant­gov­er­nor Anil Bai­jal last week to stop seal­ing by im­ple­ment­ing four-point so­lu­tions, which in­cludes a change in Mas­ter Plan 2021 and an or­di­nance to halt the seal­ing drive.

“If he (L-G) wants, seal­ing can be stopped within 24 hours by act­ing on our sug­ges­tions. We will go to the Supreme Court seek­ing a stay on seal­ing. A pe­ti­tion is be­ing pre­pared in this con­nec­tion,” Kejriwal said. Copies of CM’s Jan­uary 25 let­ter to the L-G were also dis­trib­uted among the traders at each of the mar­kets.

A re­al­tor, Gul­shan Ku­mar, who has an of­fice at Green Park Mar­ket said that he has paid over ₹5 lakh as con­ver­sion charge in the last 10 years. Yet, he still fears seal­ing. “This is a good ges­ture that chief min­is­ter him­self is reach­ing out to the traders to know their prob­lems and clear govern­ment’s stand on seal­ing,” Ku­mar said.

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in­ter­acts with shop­keep­ers at Defence Colony dur­ing on Tuesday.

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