Punish Home Secy for weakening govt: Alka

Punish Home Secy for weakening govt: Alka

Legislator says he is blocking battery tram project

Delhi’s Finance and Home Secretary S N Sahai has come in the firing line of AAP legislator Alka Lamba who is seeking action against him for allegedly trying to weaken the Arvind Kejriwal government.

In a letter written to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Lamba sought action against Sahai for creating hurdles in replacing the proposed rail-driven trams with e-trams or battery bus in the redevelopment project in Chandni Chowk.

“Action must be taken against officials who are trying to weaken an elected government,” wrote Lamba, a member of the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation, naming Sahai in her letter.

She said in an earlier meeting to discuss the redevelopment project that Sahai insisted on keeping the trams – which may cost Rs 800 crore – and not replacing them with battery buses – which may cost Rs 20 crore.

The Chandni Chowk legislator alleged Sahai blocked the e-tram project which could have been executed in one year as compared to four years needed for trams.

“Is the Finance Secretary trying to benefit someone by insisting on a project that needs Rs 800 crore? Does he have any personal interest in the Rs 800 project?” she asked. 

Lamba demanded a thorough probe into Sahai’s role for questioning the decisions related to e-trams already taken by the Aam Aadmi Party government.

The manner in which Sahai opposed the government decision raises suspicion that he may have blocked the e-tram project under a larger conspiracy, she wrote in Hindi.

The Aam Aadmi Party MLA’s demand for action against Sahai comes around the same time when sources in the Delhi government were hinting at his alleged role in organising the mass leave on December 31 by agitating DANICS officials.

An official said the allegations levelled by Lamba against Sahai could just be an excuse to act against Sahai as the real reason seems linked to the mass leave by 200 officials seeking revocation of the suspension of their two colleagues. 

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta of BJP slammed Lamba’s attempt to defame and scare upright officials in the Delhi government and add to the growing alleged distrust between bureaucrats and the Kejriwal government.

The BJP leader said he would raise the matter before Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, who controls the postings and service matters related to bureaucrats.