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All-party meet at Kejriwal's residence to discuss sealing drive in Delhi

All-party meet at Kejriwal's residence to discuss sealing drive in Delhi

"The discussion for traders was necessary and if needed, we will again call a meeting and appeal to the BJP to attend it", Sisodia said.

Notably, a "bandh" is being observed on Tuesday by the traders in the national capital in protest against the sealing drive.

Sisodia also said that the BJP does not want to find a solution to the sealing drive. Senior AAP leaders Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh claimed that this was a ploy to destabilise the party's government in Delhi.

Sisodia said that Ajay Maken has assured that Congress MPs will bring up the sealing drive matter in the parliament.

"Not even a single shop owner will open his shop in Delhi-NCR on Tuesday, every corner of the Capital will remain shut", said Praveen Khandelwal, general secretary, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). The AAP has hit out at the BJP on the issue, saying that only the Centre can resolve the issue by either bringing in a bill or promulgating an ordinance. However, No leader from the BJP attended the meeting.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Development Minister Gopal Rai were among others who attended the meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

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Asked about suggestions made by Maken on the matter, Sisodia said the AAP government would consider them.

"In todays meeting, we have given a presentation to the chief minister and deputy chief minister to make them understand how the ongoing sealing drive, which is being carried out in several areas, is illegal", Maken told reporters after the meeting.

"Subhash Chopra (Ex PCC President & Speaker Delhi Assembly) and Arvinder Lovely to accompany me in a 3-member delegation for all-party meeting on sealing going with a set of solutions, based on our experience, having successfully dealt with the issue in 2006-07".

Protesting traders took out protest march in different markets of Delhi and held demonstration at about 100 different places across Delhi demanding immediate stoppage of sealing and de-sealing of properties already sealed. It added that more than seven lakh traders belonging to about 2, 500 traders associations would take part in the massive protest.

Municipal Corporations are carrying out the drive under the directions of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.