New Delhi, Jul 15: BJP today hit out at AAP-led Delhi government over its reported plans to appoint Swati Maliwal, wife of a party leader, as chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) and saying it will approach court “on behalf of people of Delhi” if she was found to be “not qualified” for the post. Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay expressed doubts if Delhi Government has picked Maliwal, wife of senior AAP functionary from Haryana Naveen Jaihind, to save senior party leaders Kumar Vishwas and Somnath Bharti from respective cases pending against them before DCW. (Read: Narendra Modi not to attend President Pranab Mukherjee’s Iftar: BJP)
“On behalf of people, BJP will definitely look into what women empowerment works she (Maliwal) has done in the past. If being an AAP member is the only criteria she has fulfilled, then the (Government) decision raises question mark. We will definitely knock doors of court on behalf of Delhi people if we find no satisfactory answers,” Upadhyay told reporters. Referring to reports claiming Jaihind and Kejriwal as relatives, Upadhyay said whether Delhi Chief Minister was carrying forward the alleged “Jai Hind jijaji (hail brother-in-law)” tradition of Congress by considering Maliwal for the job.
“Jai Hind jijaji. Congress had initiated the Jai Hind (hail brother-in-law) jijaji tradition (in Indian politics). People of Delhi want to know if Kejriwal’s AAP too has carried forward the tradition? “Kind of reports that are emerging in media…Some claim Jaihind is a brother-in-law, some say there is some other relationship. We don’t want to make any allegation, but definitely we want to know yeh rishta kya kehlata hai (what this relationship hints at)? We need explanation on this,” he demanded. In January 2014, AAP had objected to appointment of Barkha Singh as DCW chairperson by then Congress-led Delhi government saying she had links with certain political party.