AAP begins process to change heads of govt panels

Sources confirmed that a process to ask the Congress leaders to resign has started.

New Delhi | Published:January 26, 2014 1:30 am
The AAP government has started the process of changing the heads of government panels after the recent stand-off between DCW chief Barkha Singh and Law Minister Somnath Bharti. The AAP government has started the process of changing the heads of government panels after the recent stand-off between DCW chief Barkha Singh and Law Minister Somnath Bharti.

With the AAP government about to complete a month in power, Congress leaders on many government boards and committees are yet to be relieved of their posts.

As Congress leaders decided not to quit their posts without government notification, the Opposition has levelled allegations of a tacit understanding between the AAP and the Congress.

Among prominent people still holding charge are Barkha Singh, chairperson Delhi Commission for Women; Vir Singh Dhingan, chairman Khadi and Village Industries Board; Mateen Ahmad, chairman of Waqf Board; Maneesh Chatrath, chairman of Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation; Jagdish Yadav, chairman of Commission for Other Backward Classes; Chaudhary Riyasat Ali, chairman Murga Mandi; Dr Pervez Mian, chairman Haj committee; and Mukesh Tiwari, chairman Sabzi Mandi of Ghaziapur.

Sources said after the recent stand-off between DCW chief Barkha Singh and Law Minister Somnath Bharti, the AAP government has started the process of changing the heads of government panels.

Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely had asked these leaders to resign as the Congress is no longer in power and a majority of these nominations depend on the discretionary power of the government.

Dhingan, who lost Assembly elections, said he was thinking of resigning from the post. “I have been holding the post for past four years. If  the government does not want me to continue, I will resign. But I have got no official communication so far,” he said.
Mateen Ahmed said he had sent his resignation to the L-G but it was yet to be accepted. “The election to the (Waqf Board) chairman’s post is done by five elected members. Since AAP does not have a Muslim candidate as MLA or MP, they cannot participate in the election. This may be reason for the delay,” he said.

Sources confirmed that a process to ask the Congress leaders to resign has started. “We would not appoint political leaders on these boards and the process has been started,” a source said.

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