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Delhi Sealing: Kejriwal postpones hunger strike

Earlier this month, Kejriwal had held an all party-meeting with the Monitoring Committee to find out a solution to sealing drive

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has postponed his decision of indefinite fast against the sealing drive in the capital to avoid “inviting the wrath” of the Supreme Court which is going to hold a day-to-day hearing in the matter from 2 April.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief is said to have been urged by several trade associations to withdraw his decision for the time being. Kejriwal had announced recently that he would sit on an indefinite fast if sealing was not stopped by 31 March.

Saurabh Bharadwaj, the chief spokesperson of AAP’s Delhi unit, said that the chief minister took the decision to defer his hunger strike after he was appealed by several trade associations and lawyers that his fast could “annoy” the court, which could adversely impact the outcome.

“The chief minister has been appealed by several trade associations and also advised by some lawyers that when the matter is in the court and the court is going to hear it on a day-to-day basis, CM’s fast could annoy the court, which could adversely impact the outcome. They urged CM to postpone his decision,” he said in the statement.

The Delhi Government has appointed two “good” senior advocates to present the side. In such a situation, the Chief Minister has decided to closely monitor the situation and has thus postponed his decision for the moment, added the party leader.

Addressing traders in Amar Colony on 9 March, Delhi CM had announced that he would go on a hunger strike if the issue of the ongoing sealing drive against commercial establishments in Delhi is not resolved by the end of this month.

The party, however, said that the chief minister has decided to “closely monitor” the situation and has thus postponed his decision for the moment.

The Delhi government has been opposing the sealing drive against commercial establishments for allegedly violating civic norms following the directions of the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee since December last year.

Earlier this month, Kejriwal had held an all party-meeting with the Monitoring Committee to find out a solution to sealing drive. The chief minister had also called an all party-meeting at his residence, even as the BJP had boycotted it.

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