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Congress Councillors resign

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: More than two dozen Congress Councillors on Wednesday submitted their resignations to Leader of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi House Jitender Kochar — who is lodged in Tihar Central Jail — to protest against the sealing drive in the Capital.

The other party Councillors are expected to put in their papers by Thursday.

As soon as Councillor Ramesh Pandit announced his resignation in the morningsome others followed suit, at a MCD Standing Committee meeting. By evening, more joined in the protest. Some of the Councillors even met Mr. Kochar — who was arrested on Tuesday while organising a protest at Green Park and then remanded to judicial custody.

At the meeting, all Councillors flayed the sealing drive and pledged to fight on the streets along with affected traders. They also demanded that the Centre amend the Constitution to give relief to affected traders.

However, the opposition BJP termed their action as a "political drama."

"Every Councillor knows that as per the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, submitting resignations to Leader of House has no value. If they are really serious, they should submit their resignations to the Mayor. Congress Councillors are least concerned with the woes of the traders," alleged Leader of Opposition Subhash Arya.

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