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Kejriwal criticizes Jung for rejecting the appointment of Swati Maliwal as new DCW chief

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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday accused Lt Governor Najeeb Jung of acting at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s behest and said his claim that he (Jung) was the real government in the capital was “laughable and unconstitutional”.

A day after Jung rejected the appointment of Swati Maliwal as the new chief of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) because his approval was not sought, a furious Kejriwal hit back, firing his most intense salvo against the Lt. Governor.

At the same time, Kejriwal told Jung in a letter, also released to the media, that he was sending Maliwal’s file to him for his approval as it was vital that the DCW should start work at the earliest.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader, who has had more than one public spat with Jung since taking power in February, said Jung’s decision to lock up the DCW’s office and insist on seeing Maliwal’s file was “totally illegal and unconstitutional. This is clear blackmail”.

“But it is important for public good that the DCW should function in an appropriate manner,” the chief minister said. “Women are facing crime and injustice in Delhi. I hope the new DCW will be able to deliver justice to all such women.

“The only purpose I see in the Lt. Governor’s action is that the prime minister, through the Lt. Governor, wants to make the Delhi government bow to him.

“The issue of DCW is very important and sensitive. For us, this is not an ego battle.”

And Kejriwal added in a sarcastic tone: “Lt. Governor-Prime Minister have won and all of us have been defeated. I now pray with folded hands that you sign the file and get the DCW going. I am sending the file to you.”

In his communication of Wednesday rejecting Maliwal’s appointment, Jung described his office as “the government” in Delhi.

Kejriwal said that on Modi’s directions, the Lt. Governor had made the DCW “totally ineffective” – the same way it was done in the case of the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).

Kejriwal maintained that the Delhi government had every right to appoint members to the DCW.

“The Lt. Governor says that Lt. Governor himself is the Delhi government. How is this possible? How can one individual claim to be the ‘government’? If that was the case, there would be dictatorship in Delhi.

“It is clear that there can be nothing more laughable than this. India is a democracy. There is an elected government in Delhi. The ‘Delhi government’ stands for the elected government, not an individual.”

“Then why does the Lt. Governor indulge in such laughable and unconstitutional talk? The reality is that the Lt. Governor is not doing this on his own. He is forced to do all this.”

“He is doing all this at the instance of the prime minister. The fact is even the (central) home ministry is increasingly becoming helpless vis-a-vis the Prime Minister’s Office.”

Jung and Kejriwal have been locked in an acrimonious battle over governance in Delhi, particularly on the posting of officials in the Delhi government. Delhi Police reports to Jung, not to Kejriwal.

(IANS)

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Kejriwal exposed as a liar: BJP leader

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology

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  • Arvind Kejriwal apologised to Bikram Singh Majithia
  • BJP leader says that this apology established himself
  • BJP also alleged that Kejriwal did nothing while state aced so many problems

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the drug trade, the BJP Delhi unit on Friday said he has exposed himself as a “liar”.

The BJP also alleged that he was doing nothing even while the people of the national capital were facing a number of issues due to sealing.

Arvind Kejriwal apologized to Bikram Singh Majithia. IANS

Addressing a press conference here, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit President Manoj Tiwari said: ” What we have been saying for long has been proved today. He is a liar. He has apologised to Majithia for making false allegations against him.”

“He is on his way to apologise to (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley ji and (Union Transport Minister) Nitin Gadkari ji for making false allegations,” the BJP leader said. Kejriwal is facing defamation cases in court for levelling allegations against Jaitley and Gadkari.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief on Thursday apologised to the Shiromani Akali Dal leader in Punjab for making allegations of involvement in the drug trade, following which the latter said that he will withdraw a defamation suit filed in an Amristar court.

Tiwari, who represents the northeast Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha, accused Kejriwal of misleading the people over the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta accused the AAP chief of only rendering “lip service” on the sealing drive and urged the Chief Minister to hold an all-party meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring committee overseeing the drive.

“Since December last, Kejriwal is only doing lip service on the issue of sealing drive. He has done nothing to stop it,” Gupta, the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said.

He said that though Lt Governor Anil Baijal cleared the file for notifying 351 roads in the capital on February 8, the matter is still pending. “Why hasn’t he (Kejriwal) notified the 351 roads in the last 45 days?” Gupta asked.

BJP leaders are calling this apology a gimmick.

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology. Gupta warned the Monitoring Committee members not to act outside the law and said: “If the monitoring committee acts against law, then the BJP will oppose it.”

“We are going to inform the three municipal corporations of Delhi not to follow the commands of the Monitoring Committee if it goes against the law,” he said. “The MCDs should approach the court and also make Kejriwal a party,” the BJP leader added. IANS