The Delhi Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution demanding alternative sites for all the shopowners whose shops are sealed in the sealing drive to be launched from Wednesday.
Though, the resolution of the assembly hardly has any impact on the Centre or the courts, the House made a populist gesture to the traders who protested all over the city on Tuesday after the Supreme Court order and in anticipation of the renewed sealing drive.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had earlier moved a resolution on sealing before the court orders. “In view of the latest directions of the court, the circumstances have changed. We are adding to our draft of the previous resolution,” Dikshit told the House.
“We have a policy for resettlement of JJ clusters. The House would therefore plead that immediately a scheme for rehabilitation of shops should be announced by the DDA and MCD. More market areas, including space for hawkers and vendors should be made available, more parking areas should be made available and for negative trades, special areas should be made available at the earliest. We will continue our efforts for an amicable settlement,” the resolution of the CM said.
The tenor of Dikshit suggested that she accepted sealing as inevitable. “The court has passed an order and it cannot stop,” the CM said in the House.
As the MLAs of the Opposition BJP were evicted by the Marshals for creating disturbance on the sealing issue, the CM did not face much opposition. The Congress MLAs, who had come prepared to attack Dikshit by seeking an amendment in the resolution, were silenced by a party whip. The Whip, issued by Ramakant Goswami, said no member of the Congress would bring an adjournment motion or amendment in the resolution. The Whip warned the Congress MLAs that obeying it was a must.
Outside the House, Leader of Opposition, Jagdish Mukhi said the resolution has lost all its meaning as sealing drive has become certain.