Staff Reporter

Prime Minister assures team that he will look into demands

  • End sealing drive
  • `Section 41A of the MCD Act should be amended'

    NEW DELHI: Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K. Advani on Thursday led a delegation of BJP leaders and traders to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought his intervention to end the sealing drive in the capital. It called for legislative measures to provide relief to lakhs of people facing displacement in the ongoing exercise.

    Pointing out that nothing short of an amnesty scheme, as proposed by the Malhotra Committee, would solve the problem, Mr. Advani told Dr. Singh that it should be approved by Parliament to give it more teeth. Similarly, as proposed by the Delhi BJP, Section 41A of the MCD Act should be amended to take away the sealing power from the civic agency to end the current phase of sealing.

    Mr. Advani is learnt to have assured the Prime Minister that his party would extend all support in Parliament to the Government if it came up with a legislative solution.

    Dr. Singh is learnt to have assured the delegation that he would look into their demands sympathetically and try and find a solution to the problem.

    Mr. Advani was accompanied by party general secretary Arun Jaitely, party spokesman and South Delhi MP Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Jagdish Mukhi and Confederation of Association of Indian Traders general secretary Praveen Khandelwal.