Struggling to get a foothold in Himachal Pradesh politics, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state unit on Monday submitted a memorandum to governor Acharya Dev Vrat demanding not to return upfront money to the Gujarar-based Adani group after allotting the Jangi Thopan Powari Hydel Project to Reliance Energy Limited.
In the memorandum, the party said the government had allotted the project to a Dutch firm, Brakel, in 2006 and cancelled it in 2009. Adani group had also applied for the stakes in the project but the government did not take a call on the application, and later Brakel gave an NOC to government for returning the upfront money to Adani, which was recently approved by the state cabinet.
The party said the government should not be allowed to return the upfront money to Adani, which would be sheer wastage of public money.
AAP also demanded resignation of transport minister GS Bali for the "conductor recruitment scam" as the Himachal Pradesh high court had termed it a "systematic fraud".
Party members said the high court judgment in this case had revealed the corruption in the transport department and recruitment of conductors. Though the process was scrapped, the matter should be probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Bali should resign.
The party also took up the sanitation workers' strike with the governor. Supporting the demands of the sanitation workers, AAP said chief minister Virbhadra Singh had assured the workers that they could be merged with the Shimla municipal corporation (SMC) after the report of the finance department came. "Due to this insensitive approach of the government and Shimla MC, workers had to go on strike hitting the sanitation services in Shimla city," the memorandum read.
AAP also accused Shimla Municipal Corporation of adopting dual standards on the matter. It said the MC stated that wages of workers could only be decided in the general House meeting, but 45 workers were suspended without calling the general House meeting on the pretext of the Essential Services Maintenance Act.
The party demanded improved salaries to the sanitation workers as MC was earning about `19 lakh from the door-to-door garbage collection from 38,000 houses.
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