The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, asking for time to meet them to resolve the issue of sealing of shops in the state. In the letter to Prime Minister Modi, the Delhi CM emphasized on bringing a Bill in Parliament to remove irregularities in the law that are the causes behind sealing of commercial establishments and cautioned that unemployment produced by the drive might impact law and order situation in the national capital.
“The reason behind sealing is anomalies in the law. It is the responsibility of the Central government to remove these anomalies,” the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said. The chief minister had yesterday threatened that he would go on hunger strike if the sealing drive is not stopped by March 31. “Traders earn their livelihood honestly and pay tax. But, they are suffering due to sealing. There is only one solution now. A Bill has to be brought in Parliament to remove anomalies in the law and save traders from unemployment,” Kejriwal added. “The traders are on the verge of starvation and each shop is means of livelihood for many people. If all of them are rendered unemployed (due to sealing) then it may impact law and order situation,” the chief minister in a letter to PM Modi.
Asking for an appointment with the Prime Minister, the Delhi CM demanded that a Bill must be brought in Parliament rapidly to stop the sealing drive. Coming to the Kejriwal’s letter to Rahul Gandhi, the chief minister sought an appointment with him and said sealing of commercial establishments is driving lakhs of people unemployed. “A solution to this problem should be found by rising above politics. This issue needs to be strongly raised in Parliament and pressure should be exerted on the Centre to bring a Bill over it,” Kejriwal wrote to Rahul Gandhi. The sealing drive was started by the municipal corporations of the national capital on the directions of a Supreme Court-appointed committee in December last year.