Sibal meets with civic body officials,BJP sees red

Law Minister had convened meeting on Tuesday to discuss trader issues

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2013 1:39 am

The BJP has raised objections to a meeting of top officials of the three BJP-led municipal corporations convened by Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal. Senior BJP have termed the meeting a “political interference”.

At the behest of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT),Kapil Sibal had convened a meeting on Tuesday at his Shastri Bhawan office. The meeting was attended by the commissioners of the three corporations,chief legal officers,chief engineers,chief town planner and other senior corporation officials. The traders’ delegation was led by CAIT secretary general Praveen Khandelwal.

Commenting on the meeting South Municipal Corporation mayor Sarita Choudhary said Sibal’s calling a meeting of corporation commissioners is nothing but a political stunt to garner support from traders ahead of both Assembly and parliamentary elections.

“We have worked out solutions for traders. A new trade policy is in place. The traders should have come to us if they had any problem. Sibal convening a meeting is uncalled for,” Choudhary said.

Ram Kishan Singhal,chairman standing committee,North Corporation,called it a “political gimmick”.

“Sibal being a Union minister has called the officials,but he would not be able to solve the issues. We have been trying hard and fighting with the Congress government to make life easy for our residents. We have simplified trade policy and soon issuance of trade licences will begin,” Singhal said.

“We discussed various issues such as parking. Conversion charges of Rs 2,000 crore have been collected from traders promising them parking space,but nothing has been done by the officials so far. The transferring of sealing and demolition cases to Appelatte Tribunal by the Supreme Court recently has raised the number of pending cases. Sibal has assured us that he will discuss the matter of establishing more tribunals soon,” Khandelwal said.

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