A delegation of traders today met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, seeking his intervention in the issue of the sealing drive being carried out in the city.
The delegation was led by Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), secretary general, Praveen Khandelwal, who has been demanding the drive be stopped.
The sealing action is being taken by the city's civic bodies at the instance of a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee for any violation of civic norms or the Master Plan of Delhi 2021.
It had started in the national capital late December last year.
"A CAIT delegation today met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and apprised him of the implications of the sealing drive on Delhi traders, and sought his intervention in the matter," the CAIT said in a statement.
Stressing the need to "rise above politics", Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal yesterday had called for an all-party meeting at his residence on Tuesday, to find solutions to problems being faced by traders because of an ongoing sealing drive.
Meanwhile, in a show of solidarity, traders, under the aegis of the CAIT, are slated to hold a 'Delhi Trade Bandh' on March 13.
Khadelwal said scores of traders belonging to various trade associations of Delhi will participate in the bandh.
"Both wholesale and retail markets across Delhi shall observe the bandh. The traders will also hold a 'Vyapaari Panchayat' tomorrow at Arya Samaj Road, Karol Bagh, during the course of the bandh," he said.
Khandelwal said the home minister assured the delegation that "the government is taking steps to bring a permanent solution to the issue of sealing".
"He (Singh) advised the delegation to meet Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal," he said.
All major wholesale and retail markets of Delhi, including Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh, Sadar Bazar, Kashmere Gate, Bhagirath Place, Lajpat Rai Market, Khari Baoli, Naya Bazar, Kamla Nagar, Chawri Bazar, Nai Sarak, Khan Market, South Extension, Greater Kailash, Lajpat Nagar, Amar Colony and Defence Colony, would down their shutters on that day, the CAIT claimed.
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