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LG Najeeb Jung rejects appointment of DCW chief Swati Maliwal

The LG, who has been locked in a tussle with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over appointment and transfer of senior bureaucrats, declared the appointment of Maliwal as "ultra vires" of the rules.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: July 23, 2015 9:31 am
Lt Governor Najeeb Jung outside the Parliament. On Wednesday, Jung rejected the appointment of DCW chief Swati Maliwal saying his approval was not sought.

In yet another round of confrontation, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has rejected the appointment of Swati Maliwal as Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief by Arvind Kejriwal Government, saying his approval had not been sought on the issue.

The LG, who has been locked in a tussle with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over appointment and transfer of senior bureaucrats, declared the appointment of Maliwal as “ultra vires” of the rules. In its letter to CM office, the LG’s office said that it did not recognise the appointment because LG’s approval was not sought as per rules.

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“I have not received any communication from the LG’s office or the Delhi government on the issue. I am doing my work. I will continue doing my work whether I remain in the post or not,” Maliwal, who is wife of AAP leader Navin Jaihind, said today.

The face off between the LG and Kejriwal government is likely to intensify further with the development. Maliwal had on Monday sought an urgent appointment with the Lt Governor to discuss the Anand Prabat’s murder case in with a 19-year-old girl was stabbed to death by two youths.

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The 30-year-old has been an advisor to Kejriwal on public grievances and handles his Janta Samwad. She has been associated with the AAP chief since India Against Corruption (IAC) days. The opposition had criticised Maliwal’s selection terming it as “nepotism” while the AAP maintained that her selection was done purely on “merit”.

Referring to reports claiming that Jaihind and Kejriwal were relatives, BJP’s Delhi unit president Satish Upadhyay questioned whether the Delhi CM was carrying forward the “Jai Hind jijaji (hail brother-in-law) tradition of Congress” by considering Maliwal for the job.

The Congress had also said AAP, which used to criticise nepotism and favouritism, is now following the same path to promote few members of the party.

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    man with
    Jul 23, 2015 at 8:10 am
    BJP is loosing its respect in doing these silly gimmicks! Not only respect but they are loosing grounds too.
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      Bijan Mohanty
      Jul 22, 2015 at 9:14 pm
      Najib Jung should be immediately kicked out. He is spreading anarchy in Delhi under instruction of his bosses.
      1. Sarvopagunavarjita Raghav
        Jul 22, 2015 at 11:05 am
        Never seen a LG so interested in state functions, in any state at any time.. Why is Najeeb so Ajeeb. There is no denying the fact that the reasons for his interest is not interest of Delhi. Can't LG and BJP just shut up and accept that Delhi people have put their faith in AK to run things for 5 years. Hugely disappointed with these un-necessary tactics.
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          Damaru Prasad
          Jul 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm
          The relation should be straightened out. I am sure she cannot be related to conman Kejri because he is related to pig family. So TIE is obliged to carry a correction. Entire AAP family is related to pig from city slums. Well this could be rumor.
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            George Cruz
            Jul 23, 2015 at 6:16 am
            So far the AAP and Kejriwal's governance can be summed up as incompetence, lack of leadership, chaos, unnecessary fights with the LG quoting as "fighting for rights and freedom", and rehashing the failed socialistic policies of good old congress party by announcing low cost canteens and clinics which are doomed to fail. On a scale of one to ten, Kejriwal and AAP's score is : BIG ZERO.
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