DCW row: Swati Maliwal says her office has been locked up

New Delhi: Swati Maliwal, whose appointment as DCW chief by the Kejriwal government was struck down by the LG triggering a fresh round of confrontation, today alleged that her office has been locked and name plate removed. Maliwal also claimed that all files had been take away from her office.

"Why my office has been locked and why my name plate and that of other members removed from the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) office. I am not going anywhere...sitting in air conditioned rooms doesn't give me power. I will work for the cause of women and will make DCW the strongest in the world," the 30-year-old activist said.

Maliwal had yesterday posted a tweet claiming that LG Najeeb Jung had called her and conveyed that she should not come to office from today and that all her files are being taken back.

However, contrary to the claims made in the tweets, she had later said it was the "LG's secretariat and not Jung" which communicated to her office that she should not continue in the post.

Jung's office had vehemently denied her claims, saying LG was upset over such baseless allegations.

"The LG has called me and told me that I should not come to office from tomorrow and all my files are being taken back.

The DCW office will be locked," she had tweeted. Maliwal is the wife of Aam Aadmi Party leader Navin Jaihind and 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.

Jung had on Tuesday rejected the appointment of Maliwal, handpicked by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying his approval had not been sought on it.

Asked about the name of the person from the LG's office who had allegedly called her yesterday, Maliwal said she would communicate the same to the LG and the Chief Minister.

Maliwal said she has been asked not to sign any file and senior-most officers in the DCW told her that her office has been locked.

Charging that DCW has become a "Kitty Party Commission" due to behaviour of previous authorities, the activist said that she was here to do serious work.

"This is not an issue on which we are going to get scared or beg higher authorities. I am here to do serious work...I had been trying to meet the Lt Governor for three days on different issue," Maliwal said.

Meanwhile, sources in the LG's office strongly rejected Maliwal's claim that Jung had called her personally, insisting that none from his staff had even talked to her. "The LG is very upset with the way such allegations are being levelled against him," they said.

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