The three Municipal Corporations of the national capital today decided to file an appeal to Supreme Court, requesting it to direct the monitoring committee to stop sealing for six months for traders. During the joint session in Delhi, the corporations also decided to stipulate an ASG to present their case before the top court. Yesterday, BJP’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari while addressing a press conference had said that three committees would hold a joint session of the municipal corporations on Saturday. “In this emergency session, the three municipal corporations will pass a resolution requesting that the ongoing sealing of properties have stayed for six months. In these six months, the municipal corporations and the Delhi Government will complete the clarification work of formation of regularisation and conversion charge rules and put them in public domain,” Tiwari was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
He was also joined by mayors of the three MCDs – Preety Aggarwal Neema Bhagat and Kamaljeet Sehrawat. Hitting out at AAP-led Delhi government for allegedly misleading people of Delhi on conversion charge, Aggarwal said as per the paper, “The money collected as conversion charge has not been misused. Whatever little diversion of funds has been made in public interest, it is due to the Delhi government’s failure to give the civic bodies proper funds as recommended by the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission.” Tiwari, while alleging that the AAP government failed the people of the national capital by neither notifying commercial roads nor starting process for regularisation of unauthorised colonies”, Tiwari was quoted as saying further by paper, “They negligently filed an application before the Supreme Court seeking more time without submitting any work plan. As a result, the Supreme Court ordered that sealing will start under the supervision of the Monitoring Committee.”
With chances of bypolls looming large over the national capital, after recent suspension of 20 MLAs on charges of holding offices of profit, battle-lines between both parties seem to have been drawn with the trading community caught in between. Even as bybolls will give the BJP an opportunity to increase their seats from four, the ongoing sealing drive in the capital is likely to bet heir biggest concern. Earlier this week, leader of opposition Vijender Gupta, along with three other BJP MLAs and SAD, met Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal seeking relaxation to provide relief to the traders to save them from the sealing process. The move came two days after the BJP announced support for the ‘bandh’ called by a group of traders .