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Delhi sealing drive: AAP to hold protest, raise issue in special Assembly session today

Officials of three municipal corporations in Delhi initiated a sealing drive last month, in accordance with the instructions of a Supreme Court-appointed panel that was recently revived by top court

delhi Updated: Jan 15, 2018 10:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Representatives of as many as 250 traders’ bodies will assemble at the AAP headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg at 12 noon on Monday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

The Aam Aadmi Party will hit streets on Monday to protest against on-going sealing drive by BJP-ruled civic bodies.Party spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said representatives of as many as 250 traders’ bodies will assemble at the AAP headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg at 12 noon before proceeding for a march towards Civic Centre.

Officials of three municipal corporations initiated a sealing drive last month, in accordance with the instructions of a Supreme Court-appointed panel that was recently revived by top court. AAP, however claimed that the BJP-ruled civic bodies were harassing traders under the garb of the sealing drive.

“Municipal corporations ruled by Bharatiya Janata Party have been harassing traders across the city by sealing shops and establishments without prior notices. We have been demanding that the conversion charges be waived off. But the MCD won’t listen and continue the harassment,” Bhardwaj said.

The party’s legislators will also discuss the issue during the special session of Delhi Assembly called at 2pm on Monday.

AAP Traders’ Wing convener, Brajesh Goyal, alleged that MCD officials are demanding conversion charges from shop owners who have already paid it. “Not just retail markets in Rohini, Pitampura, Shadra but whole sale markets in in Chandni Chowk, Sadar Bazaar have also been affected. We fail to understand what is the pressing need to collect conversion charges when we do not know what happened to charges in crores collected over the last decade,” Goyal said.

The monitoring panel — comprising, KJ Rao, former advisor to the Election Commission, Bhure Lal, chairman of Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) and Major General (retd) Som Jhingan — is also empowered to seal commercial establishments that have done illegal construction and where agricultural land has been misused for commercial purposes.

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 10:10 IST