As the Punjab government is adamant on setting up a solid waste management plant at Bhagtanwala, which falls in Amritsar (South) assembly constituency, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from the segment, Dr Inderbeer Nijjer, on Sunday, announced that the AAP would oppose the project whenever the government sets it up here.
Dr Nijjer, who is already campaigning in the constituency, said at a press conference here, “The garbage dump is a major problem for the residents of the constituency. It is not only causing problems to the residents, but it is also a major problem for the grain market that is adjacent to the dump.”
Dr Nijjer said, “We are not against the setting up of the plant, but we are against the location decided by the government. It should be set up away from the residential area.”
The AAP candidate added, “As the grain market is right adjacent to the garbage dump, one can see on numerous occasions that the trolleys laden with grains are standing next to the trolleys laden with garbage. This is a health hazard also.”
“We will definitely oppose the project. We are already holding dharnas against this. Even yesterday we got information that deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal was coming to the site, our members sat on a dharna,” he said. The AAP candidate added there are many other civic issues, which will be his top priority.
JUSTIFIES DECISION ON CHHOTEPUR
On a query on the removal of AAP Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Dr Nijjer said, “I can just say that this party does not compromise when it comes to indiscipline. The party is very much firm on the issue.”
Dr Nijjer said that the party was still very much united and there was no division. People have joined teh AAP for a change in Punjab and that thought is intact, he said.
RAHUL SHUKLA BACKS DELHI LEADERS
Stressing that Delhi leaders of the AAP were not remote controlling Punjab, party observer Rahul Shukla said that the party only wanted to assist the people, who want to be part of a change in the state.
Backing the decision of the party to remove Chhotepur, Shukla said, “The party has given a very strong message that even if any allegation comes up against our convener, the party will tolerate it. This party has zero tolerance against indiscipline and even if an allegation is levelled by any candidate a day before the polls, the party can drop him.”
On why the video of the sting operation was not made public, Shukla said, “A probe is on and it will can be public only after the probe is completed.”