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AAP to protest sealing of shops in Assembly

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday said it would raise the issue of the shops sealed by the Bhartiya Janata Party-governed municipal corporations in the upcoming session of Delhi Assembly.

An “anti-sealing action committee” has also been formed by the party that will utilise the lawful means against the sealing of shops in the city.

BJP-governed civic bodies, including three corporations ~ North, South and East ~ and New Delhi Municipal Council have sealed a large number of eateries and shops in posh and other areas of the city since December last.

Addressing a press conference, Delhi AAP convener Gopal Rai said that in the past few days BJP-ruled corporations have created a panic in Delhi markets under the guise of Supreme Court orders to seal illegal constructions in the city.

Rai said in the name “use conversion charge”, the municipal corporations recovered Rs 17 crore from various traders across Delhi in past few weeks.

Rai, who also holds the cabinet post in the government, said that after holding a meeting with the trade wing of AAP, the party decided that it would take up the matter in the upcoming Delhi Assembly session on 15 January.

Rai said that the AAP legislators along with volunteers would also lead a protest march on 12 January.  It shall commence from party office in Rose Avenue and end at Civic Centre.

Rai said in the name of sealing, an open game of corruption was being played by the corporations. “For the last 10 to 30 years, the money is being levied in the name of parking and conversion charges from raders. This time the game of bribe is being run under the hammer of court,” he said.