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"In todays meeting, we have given a presentation to the chief minister and deputy chief minister to make them understand how the ongoing sealing drive, which is being carried out in several areas, is illegal", Maken told reporters after the meeting.

Hitting out at the BJP at a press conference at the CMs residence, Sisodia said it was unfortunate that the partys representatives did not attend the meeting called to find a solution to the sealing issue.

"Not even a single shop owner will open his shop in Delhi-NCR on Tuesday, every corner of the Capital will remain shut", said Praveen Khandelwal, general secretary, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). "The BJP can resolve the issue in a day if they want to".

The BJP has accused the AAP of misleading the people on the sealing issue, saying an ordinance can not be brought in while Parliament is in session.

Maken said the Delhi government has not met the Monitoring Committee since the sealing drive began and added that Kejriwal has also agreed for a meeting with the parliamentary panel.

Confirming that the BJP would not attend the all-party meet, its Delhi general secretary Ravinder Gupta said that after a delegation of the saffron party was "misbehaved with" at the CM residence, it is clear that AAP doesn't believe in a political dialogue. From AAP, among those who were present included AAP's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and MLA Somnath Bharti.

The sealing of shops in the city has led to a political war of words even as traders claim mounting loses and threaten to strike.

CAIT in a statement informed over 7 lakh traders belonging to 2500 different trade associations are to participate in the protest.

On March 28, a traders' rally would be held at Ramlila Maidan here against the sealing drive which, the CAIT said, is in "utter violation" of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi Act, 1957.

Traders also took out protest marches in various markets, including Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk, Sadar Bazar, Chawri Bazar, Kamla Nagar, Karol Bagh and Kashmere Gate. "Due to the neglect of Congress Governments and DDA, Delhi has witnessed an unplanned development and expansion which in 2006 resulted in the intervention of the Supreme Court followed by sealing drive". But, in December 2017, it ordered resumption of the drive.

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