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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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11th Edition of The IAAF Gold Label Race Postponed to October 21

Procam International Joint Managing Director Vivek Singh, said: "This year is a special milestone for us, as Program completes 30 years and to see our vision taking shape in this fashion is very satisfying."

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Around 35,000 running enthusiasts are expected to take part in the Gold Label Race. Flickr
Around 35,000 running enthusiasts are expected to take part in the Gold Label Race. Flickr

In a move to avoid the winter smog and pollution in the national capital, Procam International, the organisers of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM), on Thursday advanced the 11th edition of the IAAF Gold Label Race to October 21.

Around 35,000 running enthusiasts are expected to take part in the annual race, as the organisers announced the registrations for all five categories — Half Marathon (21.097km), Great Delhi Run (6km), Open 10K, Senior Citizens Run (4.3km) and Champions with Disability Run (2.4Km).

The registration for the Gold Label Half Marathon and Open 10K will commence on Friday and stay open till September 7. Flickr
The registration for the Half Marathon and Open 10K will commence on Friday and stay open till September 7. Flickr

The registration for the Half Marathon and Open 10K will commence on Friday and stay open till September 7. Registrations for the Great Delhi Run, Senior Citizens’ Run and the Champions with Disability Run will also open on Friday and close on September 28.

Announcing the details of the upcoming race, Procam International Joint Managing Director Vivek Singh, said: “This year is a special milestone for us, as Procam completes 30 years and to see our vision taking shape in this fashion is very satisfying.”

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“When we introduced this distance in Delhi, we always believed that it had the potential to be one of the world’s most prestigious races and more importantly get Delhi running,” he added. (IANS)