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Kejriwal fumes as Congress appoints Sheila Dikshit as Kerala Governor

Mar 05, 2014 01:53 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has hit out at the Congress for appointing former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit as the Kerala Governor. He has called it an attempt to shield the former CM who is facing an inquiry in the Commonwealth Games corruption cases.

"Sheila Dikshit's appointment as Kerala governor is completely wrong. This will provide her immunity. She is accused in the scam. How would investigation be carried out against her," asked Kejriwal.

Sheila Dikshit has been appointed as the new Governor of Kerala. The senior Congress leader served as CM from 1998 to 2013 in Delhi. She is the 22nd Governor of the state of Kerala.

Dikshit met Union Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Tuesday morning and the decision to make her Kerala Governor was conveyed to her. Nikhil Kumar has resigned and is expected to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from the Aurangabad seat in Bihar, which he had won in 2004.

Dikshit, who had been the chief minister of the national capital, faced a severe drubbing in the Assembly elections in Delhi when the Aam Aadmi Party government was voted to power.

During its 49-day tenure in power, the AAP government in Delhi had taken on the Congress and filed a fresh FIR in the Commonwealth Games scam case. The FIR has been filed in connection with alleged corruption in the purchase of street lights. The FIR, though, did not name Dikshit directly.

Kejriwal, who succeeded Dikshit and has since resigned over the Jan Lokpal issue, won by more than 22,000 votes.

The Congress came a poor third bagging eight seats in a House of 70. Dikshit served as Chief Minister from 1998 to 2013 in Delhi.