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All-party meeting on sealing soon: Goel

Staff Reporter

The BJP leader meets Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil



Vijay Goel

NEW DELHI: Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Vijay Goel on Saturday disclosed that Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil had assured him that an all-party meeting would be convened shortly to discuss the situation arising out of the latest orders of the Supreme Court on the issue of sealing.

Leading a delegation of traders and other affected people here in the Capital to Mr. Patil on Saturday, Mr. Goel said the Home Minister had also told the delegation that the Union Urban Development Ministry would soon come out with the new Master Plan for Delhi-2021 and also approach the Supreme Court for further relief to traders.

Mr. Goel said Mr. Patil assured him that all issues pertaining to the sealing and demolitions would be discussed at the all-party meeting that is likely to be convened early next month. The Group of Ministers (GoM) is also scheduled to meet on October 5.

Mr. Goel also complained during his meeting with the Union Home Minister that the Urban Development Ministry was dragging its feet on the issue of notifying the new Master Plan for Delhi-2021.

He said no time should be lost now as the traders were faced with a new phase of uncertainty and a feeling was developing that the authorities were indulging in drama instead of pleading their case.

He said there was no relief for shops located on the 2,200-odd roads as the Court had put a question mark over their existence and asked them to file affidavits saying that they would accept the final outcome of the case. These lakhs of shopkeepers would continue to live under the fear of losing their livelihood and source of employment.

Mr. Goel urged the Union Government to take up the matter with the Supreme Court afresh and also with the Monitoring Committee appointed by the Court so that relief is provided to this large section of affected traders.

At the same time he lashed out at Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for stating that big relief had been provided to the people of Delhi. He said it was unfortunate that Ms. Dikshit had been making unwarranted statements that were not conducive to the present situation.

"The Chief Minister should not have stated that if relief was provided to all the traders Delhi would turn into a slum. The traders and the people of Delhi have lost faith in the Sheila Dikshit Government and feel that given the present situation, their future is not safe in the hands of the Delhi Government," he said.

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