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Congress threatens ‘jail bharo’ agitation over ‘illegal’ sealing

Ajay Maken asserted that he would not shy away from going to jail for protesting against the “government loot in collecting conversion charges illegally”.

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken said here on Friday that under the cover of a Supreme Court order, the Delhi government and officials of the municipal corporations of Delhi with the consent of the BJP and Aam Aadmi Party were trying “to ruin” the city through “illegal sealing” of non-polluting household industries.

He asserted that he would not shy away from going to jail for protesting against the “government loot in collecting conversion charges illegally”.

Maken said this while addressing a mammoth ‘Vyapar Bachao—Mazdoor Bachao’ rally in the third phase of the Congress party’s ‘Nyay Yudh’ at Padam Singh Road, Karol Bagh.

Besides Maken, others who addressed the rally were ex-ministers Arvinder Singh Lovely and Haroon Yusuf, convener of ‘Nyay Yudh’ and former MLA Mukesh Sharma, Bhram Yadav and District Congress Committee president Madan Khorwal.

The rally organised by the Delhi Congress in protest against the “illegal” sealing saw people come out in large numbers. From Pusa Road to Karol Bagh, agitated people took out processions in various lanes shouting slogans against BJP and AAP. Karol Bagh falls in the parliamentary constituency of Ajay Maken.

Four resolutions brought before the rally by Bhram Yadav were unanimously passed. The resolutions demanded that no conversion charges should be taken from those who have been paying conversion charges without break for the past 10 years.

It was also demanded that if the “illegal” sealing in Delhi was not stopped forthwith, traders and shopkeepers would gherao BJP and AAP leaders at their residences in the fourth phase of agitation that would be announced next week. If needed, a ‘jail bharo” agitation would also be launched.