NEW DELHI: Delhi ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has appointed Swati Maliwal, wife of its party leader Naveen Jaihind as the next Chief of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).

Currently the advisor (grievances) to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Maliwal is an RTI activist who has been with Kejriwal’s work at ‘Parivartan’ since 2006 and is the youngest member of the India against Corruption.

The appointment of Maliwal as the advisor in the past had also stirred a big controversy with Opposition parties targeting the Delhi Chief Minister and AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal for offering space to people from his party in the government.

Ahead of taking up the social work and working as an RTI activist, Maliwal was a software engineer. 

In a tough response, former AAP leader Prashant Bhushan said, “AAP has completely gone off the path of alternative politics which it had set out to take. Politically neutral people should be appointed on such posts. AAP also misusing these posts like others.”

On the other hand, accusing the Kejriwal government of appointing people on the grounds of friendship and not merit, senior advocate Abha Singh on Wednesday said that Swati Maliwal has done nothing significant in women rights activism that she should be considered to be appointed as the next Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief.

“How has she contributed for women’s rights? She is not at all a name in women rights activism. Merit and merit alone should be taken into consideration while appointing someone for such a post,” said Singh.

“Few days back in the Delhi dialogue event, he had named his journalist friend Ashish Khetan as the chairman. It seems that Kejriwal is not appointing people based on merit for all the crucial posts but friendship,” she added.

(With Agency Inputs)