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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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Dusshera In Delhi Casts A Dark Blanket, Air Quality Worsens

System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) labelled NCR's air quality as toxic

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Delhi's air quality drastically dipped during Diwali. Wikimedia Commons
Delhi's air quality drastically dipped during Diwali. Wikimedia Commons

The National Capital and the regions around it continue to suffer a “very-poor” air quality on Friday, which according to experts, may worsen due to combined effects of Dussehra and meteorological reasons such as low winds in Delhi.

Between 6pm to 8pm, over 48 areas across the National Capital Region — 36 from Delhi alone — suffered ‘very poor air-quality’ with pollutants registering over four times the national safety standards.

Weather analysts say this may worsen as Delhi currently has very light variable winds with no definite directions, which is likely to help in aggregating the pollutants.

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In New Delhi, levels of the most dangerous particles in the air are sometimes 10 times higher than the safe limit, the survey noted. wikimedia commons

“Delhi has a negligible wind speed and morning temperatures are low. Also, many effigies were burnt across the region on Dussehera. This will push up the pollution levels,” said Mahesh Palawat, director private weather forecasting group, Skymet.

The air-quality was already ‘severe’ at Anand Vihar in east Delhi and Rohini in north Delhi, Bawana in northwest Delhi, Mundaka in West Delhi and Bhiwadi in Rajasthan, acoording to the real-time monitoring taken up around 8pm by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The average presence of major pollutant PM2.5 or particle with diametre less than 2.5mm, was 129 unit across Delhi-NCR and 133 units in Delhi, which is more than twice the national safe limits. Rohini was the most polluted with PM2.5 concentration at 166 units, about three times the safe limits.

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Air pollution can also damage your kidneys. wikimedia commons

The permissible range or PM2.5 is 60 as per national standards and 25 by the international standards.

At 4pm, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was 276 marked ‘poor’ against ‘moderate’ mere 48 hours back.

Also Read: The Farmer;s Protest In Delhi Makes The Indian Police Take Severe Steps

Meanwhile, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) labelled NCR’s air quality as toxic and recommended keeping relief medicine handy. SAFAR advised everyone to avoid tiring outdoor physical activity. (IANS)