4 new faces expected in AAP Cabinet, Somnath Bharti unlikely to make cut

The list will be sent to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today, they added. The new Cabinet will be sworn in on Saturday.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:February 12, 2015 1:55 pm
arvind kejriwal, aap, delhi elections, congress the decision to make Sisodia the Deputy CM was taken at a meeting of AAP’s Political Affairs Committee.

Manish Sisodia is all set to be the deputy chief minister in Arvind Kejriwal government which is likely to have four new faces this time, Aam Aadmi Party sources said  Thursday.

Barring Sisodia, who is a close confidant of Kejriwal, and Satyendra Jain, the rest four- Rakhi Birla, Saurabh Bharadwaj, Somnath Bharti, Girish Soni — who were in AAP’s earlier cabinet —  are unlikely to make it this time.

The sources said the party has decided to induct Jitendra Tomar (Tri Nagar), Kapil Mishra (Karawal Nagar), Sandeep Kumar (Sultanpuri Majra) and Asim Ahmed Khan (Matia Mahal)- the only minority face- in the ministry. The four are also first time legislators. The new government may not have a woman member.

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The list will be sent to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today, they added. The new Cabinet will be sworn in on Saturday.

Sisodia was de facto number two in the previous AAP government and had handled important portfolios like education, urban development, PWD, land and buildings.

Jain, a two-time MLA from Shakur Basti who handled the health portfolio in the previous AAP government, is another minister who is likely to be retained.

“There is a lot of brain storming going on in the party. But it would not be right to talk about it until it is formally announced,” Sisodia told reporters, when asked about his appointment as the Deputy CM.

According to sources, the decision to make Sisodia the Deputy CM was taken at a meeting of AAP’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) last night at Kejriwal’s residence in Kaushambhi.

Sisodia is being given the responsibility so that Chief Minister-designate Kejriwal can focus on building the party at the national level, they said.

It was also decided that Shahdra MLA Ramniwas Goel will be the Speaker while Bandana Kumari, from Shalimar Bag constituency, will be Deputy Speaker in the Delhi Legislative Assembly. The latter is also heading AAP’s women wing.

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    Nitin
    Feb 13, 2015 at 1:48 pm
    "Sisodia is being given the responsibility so that Chief Minister-designate Kejriwal can focus on building the party at the national level, they said." what?!!! Not again!
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      Nitin
      Feb 13, 2015 at 1:48 pm
      "Sisodia is being given the responsibility so that Chief Minister-designate Kejriwal can focus on building the party at the national level, they said." what?!!! Not again!
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        Planet Harmony
        Feb 13, 2015 at 1:26 am
        Oh my! is he again going to do repeat mistake. AK needs to work for next 2 years only for Delhi and set ball rolling for the promises he made to people of Delhi. Once program structure is in place and functioning smoothly than he can switch to national roadmap. First solve problems in Delhi, build sustainable, viable , executable program with respect to manifesto they created for Delhi. Once delivery package is perfected then only he should move to other states. People need to see his successful track record. Till then AK bhai , just chill.
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          R S
          Feb 13, 2015 at 12:39 am
          There should be at least two women ministers in the Delhi Cabinet
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            sanjeeb
            Feb 13, 2015 at 3:05 am
            I don't want to comment at this initial stage....Because we do not know yet what is going on....we should comment only when the outcome of delivery (of promises) will be out.....till then we should chill out.....
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              Sri
              Feb 13, 2015 at 12:41 am
              AK, forget about building at National level for now. Focus on what you got in your hand and then prove to rest of India that you can deliver.
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