AAP leader Swati Maliwal takes charge as Delhi Commission for Women chief amid criticism

AAP leader Swati Maliwal

New Delhi, July 20: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Swati Maliwal on Monday took charge as the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief. Maliwal, who is an RTI activist and also the youngest member of India Against Corruption, succeeds Barkha Shukla.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has drawn sharp criticism from the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for appointing Maliwal, who is the wife of AAP leader Naveen Jaihind, as the DCW chief.

Last week, BJP leader Satish Upadhyay had accused the Delhi Chief Minister of ‘double standards’ over the appointment of Swati Maliwal as the new Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief.

Upadhyay said: “He is talking ‘double standards’. Arvind Kejriwal wants to say that he will do whatever he wants to do and has appointed himself ‘Mr Clean’.”

The Congress party also Kejriwal over the appointment of Swati Maliwal, asking how could he appoint someone who is the wife of an AAP leader.

Congress leader Ajay Maken said: “I want to ask Mr Kejriwal, is he the same person who in January 2014 had said that Barkha Singh won’t be impartial because she belongs to the Congress party. How come today you appointed a person who is the wife of your Haryana faction leader?”

Arvind Kejriwal, however, rubbished charges of nepotism following the appointment of Swati Maliwal as the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief and said that she is not even remotely connected to him.

Kejriwal also took a jibe at the media houses for publishing baseless and unwarranted stories in this regard. He tweeted: “Some media houses n opp leaders alleging that swati is my cousin. Complete nonsense. She is not even remotely connected.”

(With Agency Inputs)

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