AAP member Swati Maliwal set to be new DCW chief

BJP, Congress accuse Arvind Kejriwal of appointing ‘his relative’, CM says rubbish.

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR | New Delhi | Published:July 16, 2015 1:28 am
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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member and social activist Swati Maliwal is set to be appointed the next chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW). The 30-year-old will succeed former Congress MLA Barkha Singh Shukla, who completes her tenure on July 17.
Working as adviser to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal since the AAP government took charge in February, Maliwal has been handling the CM’s grievance redressal cell and the Janata Samvad.

Sources said that Maliwal had had a meeting with the chief minister to discuss issues pertaining to women and her formal appointment to preside over the commission is likely to be made by Friday. The BJP and the Congress pulled daggers on the AAP, accusing Kejriwal of appointing “his relative” to take charge of the commission.

Refuting the claims made by his political rivals, Kejriwal tweeted, “Some media houses and opp leaders alleging that Swati is my cousin. Complete nonsense. She is not even remotely connected.”

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Mocking claims of Maliwal being his relative, Kejriwal again tweeted, “BTW breaking news for some channels — Wo mere chacha ki saali ke jija ki bhatiji ke sasur ki bhanji ke bhatije ki saali ke bhai ki beti hai.”

Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said, “Mr Clean had all along said that he opposes family connections in politics and, in case of DCW, he had said members of political parties should not be appointed as DCW chairperson. If one has to believe reports of likely appointment of Swati Maliwal at DCW, it seems Mr Clean has taken inspiration from his Congress mentors’ book and adopted family politics concept. Swati happens to be the wife of Naveen Jaihind, a close associate of Kerjiwal. It has been a matter of discussion in political circles that they have family connections too.”

“Initially, they had accused Barkha Singh of taking a pro-Congress stance, since she was a former Congress MLA. They had alleged that the inquiry against AAP leader Somnath Bharti was politically motivated and Kejriwal had said that he would appoint Maitree Pushpa as the chairperson of DCW. But now, they have said they will appoint Swati Maliwal, who is an adviser to the chief minister and draws a salary of over a lakh,” Congress spokesperson Sharmishtha Mukherjee said.

She added that this was yet another instance of the “Kejriwal government putting selected AAP volunteers to high offices on high salaries with all the perks and facilities of a minister” and thus “discarding the cloak of the common man’s party”. “Only IAS officers with over 20 years of experience get salaries of over a lakh. But the AAP government is giving handsome salaries to chosen AAP volunteers by appointing them to fancy posts,” Mukherjee said.

Maliwal was the youngest member of the core committee of the India Against Corruption movement started by Anna Hazare. In 2014, Maliwal led a team of volunteers, working with 27 first-time AAP MLAs, to help them understand the functioning of the government. She has also worked with Greenpeace to promote safe food for women and children.

Maliwal’s husband Jaihind is an AAP leader from Haryana. They got married in 2013. Born in Ghaziabad, Maliwal graduated from the JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida in 2006, after pursuing a course in Engineering in Information Technology.

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    Anil Maheshwari
    Jul 16, 2015 at 10:48 am
    The antagonism of Oswal Jain community against Maheshwari community is reflected in the tweet of Abhishek Manu Singhvi, an Oswal Jain Advocate who is also the Congress spokesperson. The tweet reads, " AAP against nepotism, favouratism and favouring their kin. Comrade Kejriwal appoints her cousin as head of DCW for an unbiased voice." It is very surprising that Singhvi whose father hailed from Rajasthan, does not know that MALIWAL is a sub caste (gotra) of Maheshwaris.
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      Daniel Alvin
      Jul 16, 2015 at 5:16 pm
      Congrats Swati. We have seen worst time under Barkha as chairperson of this decorative body was a total failure
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        Lovely
        Jul 17, 2015 at 5:16 am
        AK 49 toon is slowly tasting the sweetness of power.This sweetness corrupts the system, now he is falling into the trap of corruption.
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          Lovely
          Jul 17, 2015 at 5:04 am
          But BJP is not anti-national.
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            Lovely
            Jul 17, 2015 at 5:03 am
            Increase in electricity ,water, encouraging and empowering hutment dwellers. etc.
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              Lovely
              Jul 17, 2015 at 5:21 am
              Who started this Iftar culture.?
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                Lovely
                Jul 17, 2015 at 8:39 pm
                You mean to say this Maliwal will be successful? What judgement she will give in case of Mrs Somnath Bharthi.
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                  Nishant
                  Jul 16, 2015 at 5:02 pm
                  Arvind Kejriwal entered politics with promise to cleanse our political system. While his many u-turns too many to recount, suffice to say that he is practicing worst kind of politics himself.
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