BJP leaders in last week’s state executive meeting raised concerns over the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital. Following the raised concerns, a senior Delhi leader has floated an idea to tackle the “negative repercussions”. The campaign in the streets will be followed by “a poll a month later to assess their performance,” sources said. Few markets on Friday had remained closed to protest the sealing drive which is being carried out by the BJP-ruled civic bodies on the orders of a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.
However, in an attemot to placate the furious traders, BJP accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government of not notifying mixed land use on certain streets. Last week, during the meeting, senior leaders had emphasised the need to tackle AAP’s narrative of corrupt corporations and said the sealing drive must be stopped.
As per sources, the party is considering the BJP leader’s idea. The leader said that the idea is simple. AAP is running a campaign that the BJP ruled civic bodies are corrupt and traders are being targeted. But this is not true. He added,”The BJP is the last party to conduct this kind of sealing drive, which causes so much grief to the common people. So elected representatives from the MCDs must come out on the streets in protest against the committee that is enforcing this in such a ruthless manner.”
“After a month or so, the corporators should be polled. The party can fan out in their wards and collect feedback from the people on ‘how well does your corporator work?’ As per this poll, the party will decide whether they are to be removed or not,” he said.
Meanwhile, Delhi’s BJP chief Manoj Tiwari had a meeting with the traders whose shops had been sealed on Friday at Model Town. He said,”I assured them that the BJP and the Centre are working to find a permanent solution to the problem… In many areas, our party workers are also affected by the move… We understand the traders’ problems.”