Delhi

BJP responsible for sealing : AAP

‘Centre could have brought an Ordinance to stop the drive’

The BJP alone was responsible for the sealing drive that started in 2017, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said on Thursday, a day after Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri said the Centre and the civic bodies had nothing to do with it.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Puri said on Wednesday that the sealing drive was being conducted on orders of the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee and that the government and municipal corporations, which are ruled by the BJP, were not responsible.

On Thursday, AAP New Delhi Lok Sabha candidate and AAP Delhi trade wing convenor Brijesh Goyal said that “the BJP alone is responsible” for the sealing as the Central government could have brought an Ordinance to stop it, but did not. “Today, there are 20,000 shops, factories and other spaces that are lying sealed. That means at least 20,000 families of the traders and lakhs of workers’ families are affected. The Centre could have stopped the sealing with a simple Ordinance,” Mr. Goyal said.

The shops were sealed for various violations of the Masterplan 2021 regarding commercial activity. The Centre had, through the Delhi Development Authority, amended the Masterplan last year to give relief to those affected, but the Supreme Court had not allowed it. Mr. Goyal said the Centre had not made the case before the court properly, leading to the amendment being disallowed.

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