NEW DELHI: The appointment of Right to Information activist and wife of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Naveen Jaihind, Swati Maliwal as the DCW Chief, appears to be another flashpoint in the long turf between Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as the former has rejected the appointment of Maliwal as the Delhi Commission for Women Supreme calling it ‘null and void’. (Also Read: AAP leader Naveen Jaihind’s wife Swati Maliwal to be next DCW chief, Kejriwal targeted again)
Maliwal on Monday took charge as the DCW Chief succeeding Barkha Singh.
“DCW was a kitty party aayog and that is what I am working on to end. I will continue to work even if I am not on this position,” expressed RTI activist Maliwal said following the rejection of her appointment.
In the mean while, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has as well slammed the Kejriwal government and its functioning for appointing Maliwal as the DCW Chief. The ruling AAP has denied the allegations of favoritism in this matter.
Jung’s rejection towards the appointment of Maliwal as the DCW chief has been accused by the AAP of being a BJP agent in the national capital. This is sure to deepen the sullenness between the Centre and the Delhi government.
The two were earlier involved into major turf over the appointment of officers in the Anti-Corruption Branch and over Jung’s powers to appoint key officers.