In a move which could put more strain on the alliance between the AAP and the Congress, the Delhi government has suggested the name of Hindi novelist Maitreyi Pushpa as the chief of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) to replace Barkha Singh.
Singh, meanwhile, said she will meet Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung over the issue on Thursday. Alleging “harassment by the AAP party’’ she said she would not step down from the post.
“I am being harassed by the AAP workers. They are threatening me to resign and are raising slogans outside my house. I will meet the L-G on Thursday and demand the resignation of Law Minister Somanth Bharti. I will ask that an FIR be registered against Bharti for the raid on Ugandan women. I hold a constitutional post and have more than a year left of my three-year tenure,’’ Singh said.
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“The L-G is looking into all provisions that the DCW falls under to see if the chairperson post is tenure-based or if the government can appoint a person it chooses. All options are being explored,’’ a source in the L-G’s office said.
The AAP government had accused Singh of “politicising” the role of her office while dealing with the raid in Khriki Extension.
Backing Singh, Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh said, “There is a tenure attached with the DCW chairperson post. It is not a political one. Those people who were holding political posts have already resigned. The government should do things as per law,’’ he said.
Urban Development Minister Manish Sisodia said, “We have suggested Maiteryi Pushpa as DCW chairperson. She is not part of any political party. Many of the positions on boards and committees are still held by members of the previous government. They have not resigned till now,’’ he said.
Sixty-nine-year-old Pushpa is a Hindi fiction writer and has 10 novels and seven short story collections to her credit. Best known among her works are ‘Chak’, ‘Alma Kabutari’, ‘Jhoola Nat’ and an autobiographical novel ‘Kasturi Kundal Base’.
Delhi government will also invite nominations for appointment of five members in the governing bodies of 28 colleges funded by it or affiliated to Delhi University. Earlier, the government had chosen the members directly.
“The nominations have been sought through a public advertisement and several applications have already been received,’’ Sisodia said.