BJP walks out of meet on Delhi sealing drive; CM Arvind Kejriwal says government will move SC seeking temporary ban

A BJP delegation led by Delhi unit president Manoj Tiwari walked out of the chief minister's residence ahead of the meeting, alleging that the AAP government wanted to "divert" the issue.

Published: 30th January 2018 11:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th January 2018 01:35 PM   |  A+A-

Delhi chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses the media during a press conference at his residence in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said his government will move the Supreme Court seeking a temporary ban on the sealing drive even as a meeting between Delhi BJP leaders and the chief minister on the issue could not materialise with both sides blaming each other.

A BJP delegation led by Delhi unit president Manoj Tiwari walked out of the chief minister's residence ahead of the meeting, alleging that the AAP government wanted to "divert" the issue.

Kejriwal said he was sad that the BJP did not participate in the meeting and announced that the Delhi government will approach the Supreme Court for a "temporary ban" on the ongoing sealing drive.

"I am sad that this meeting could not take place. We will go to the Supreme Court for a temporary ban on sealing," he said.

Tiwari said the BJP delegation walked out of the meeting since Kejriwal had converted it into a "public rally".

"We sensed their dangerous mood and felt that he was not interested in finding a solution to the problem," he charged.

Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta alleged misbehaviour by AAP leaders and workers.

AAP workers also entered into a scuffle with BJP workers, Gupta charged and added that he has filed a police complaint against AAP MLAs and others over the incident.

Kejriwal said he will visit markets hit by the sealing drive later in the day to meet the affected traders.

The sealing drive is being carried out by municipal corporations since last month against properties violating civic norms.

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