Kejriwal, women power is missing in AAP cabinet

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Arvind Kejriwal had promised the women of city to provide a best atmosphere to them in which they can live freely without any fear. The AAP in its poll manifesto had talked about the Women’s rights and safety.

As per the manifesto, “We envision a Delhi in which women are not governed by patriarchal values, which determine their societal and familial roles but as self-sufficient, inspiring and enterprising agents of change and growth.”

In February 2015, when Kejriwal took oath as Chief Minister of Delhi, he had forgotten his words as there was no woman legislator in AAP cabinet. AAP government has only four women legislators in the city and Kejriwal ignored them in their cabinet.

Kejriwal has nothing to do with women legislators as the party has absolute a big majority in the assembly and if the female legislators quit, it would not affect the party in assembly.

There has been at least one woman Minister in every Delhi Government. Even though women’s safety was a key feature in all of his pre-election campaign speeches, Kejriwal only made a passing reference about the same in his maiden speech as Chief Minister.

The only two mentions of women’s safety in his speech were when he was assuring traders of better utilisation of their tax money and when he was reminding Prime Minister Narendra Modi that his national duties left little time for him to focus on incidents such as rapes in the Capital.

Kejriwal was badly criticised by the celebrities

Actress Huma Qureshi has high hopes from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal but has one issue with his cabinet, the lack of women. The actress questioned the absence of female representation.

Celebrity photographer Atul Kasbekar in his tweet mentioned, “No women in the Kejriwal cabinet could well be its Achilles heel or its pin striped suit…Disappointing.”

Hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani tweeted: How many women in @ArvindKejriwal’s cabinet?

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