Will sit on strike over sealing drive issue: Kejriwal

ANI | Updated: Mar 16, 2018 20:48 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 16 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that if sealing issue is not stopped in the national capital by March 31, he will sit on strike with the traders.

Kejriwal further said that he had also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue but the latter didn't respond.

“ I had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking time on sealing issue but he never responded; it is a two-minute job for him to solve this crisis,” Kejriwal said in the Assembly here.

“If sealing is not stopped by March 31 we will sit on strike with the traders,” Kejriwal added.

Kejriwal had earlier sought an appointment with the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee to discuss the ongoing sealing drive issue in the national capital.

Further lashing out at the Centre, Kejriwal said the traders have received three deadly attacks like Demonetization, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and sealing drive since a year.

“During the last one-and-a-half year, there have been three deadly attacks on traders – Demonetization, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and sealing drive. With these the traders in Delhi have been badly affected,”  Kejriwal noted.

Yesterday, Kejriwal told traders that if need be, he will leave his post and fight against the ongoing sealing along with them.

While addressing a gathering of traders at Gandhi Nagar market, Kejriwal said though the power to stop the sealing drive was not with his government, he will work to end it.

Earlier in the week, traders carried out a mock funeral procession to add to their protests against the sealing drives in the city, following the Confederation of All India Traders' (CAIT) call for a 'Bandh'.

All markets in Delhi remained closed and no business activity took place as protesters attempted to oppose the sealing of commercial establishments here.

Till now, over 1,500 commercial establishments have been sealed across the city. (ANI)