New Delhi: Apart from CM Arvind Kejriwal, six MLAs including the AAP convener’s close aides Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai were sworn in as cabinet ministers, days after the Aam Aadmi Party registered a landslide victory in Delhi Assembly election 2020. Also Read - Coronavirus: Delhi Govt Seals 20 Hotspots, Makes it Compulsory to Wear Masks on Streets | 10 Points
President Ram Nath Kovind, on CM Kejriwal’s advice, had appointed six cabinet ministers for Delhi – Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai, Kailash Gehlot, Imran Hussain and Rajendra Pal Gautam. Notably, these ministers had served the AAP-led Delhi government in the previous term as well. Also Read - As COVID-19 Cases Spike, Delhi Makes Wearing Masks Compulsory For Those Stepping Out of Houses
All you need to know about six Aam Aadmi Party leaders who were sworn-in alongside Arvind Kejriwal Also Read - Will Soon Find 'Sanjeevani' Against Coronavirus, Tweets Arvind Kejriwal; Wishes on Hanuman Jayanti
Manish Sisodia: He holds a Diploma in Journalism. The journalist-turned-politician is considered right-hand man of CM Kejriwal as he has been with the latter since 2006. He was a key member of the team that laid the foundation of the Jan Lokpal Andolan. Sisodia was also sent to jail with social activist Anna Hazare during anti-graft movement.
Reports have claimed that Sisodia will retain his previous portfolios– Finance, Planning, Urban Development, Local Bodies, Land & Building, Education, Higher Education, Training & Technical Education, Revenue, Services, Vigilance, Cooperative Societies, Information & Technology, Information & Publicity.
Satyender Jain: Born in Kirthal village of Baghpat district in Uttar Pradesh, Jain did his schooling from Ramjas School, Delhi and Graduation in Architecture from Indian Institute of Architects.
He joined CPWD and later on quit his job to set up an Architectural Consultancy firm. He has been closely associated with various social service causes and groups. He served as Health and Industries Minister in the first AAP Government. He was re-elected from Shakur Basti Assembly Constituency in the recent Assembly elections and is presently serving as Minister of Power, PWD, Health & FW, Industries and Gurudwara Elections, Govt. of NCT of Delhi.
Gopal Rai: Post-graduate in Sociology from Lucknow University, Rai began his career with the All India Students Association — the student wing of the CPI-M, in Lucknow University in 1992.
Rai became part of the Kejriwal’s Cabinet in 2015 after being elected to the Assembly for the first time. He has been credited with the struggle for raising the minimum wages in Delhi to almost double.
Imran Hussain: Hussain, hails from walled city area of Delhi. The AAP leader completed his graduation in Business Studies from Jamia Millia Islamia University. He made his electoral debut in the 2015 Delhi assembly elections.
He spared no efforts as youth leader to impart social justice to the needy people. Efforts and sincerity of Imran Hussain were recognised by the electorate when in election to the VIth Delhi Legislative Assembly from Ballimaran Assembly Constituency, he defeated five time sitting MLA with handsome margin.
In the previous government, Imran Hussain was inducted in the Delhi Cabinet as a Minister of Food and Civil Supplies.
Kailash Gahlot: A Master of Law, he won his first election to the Delhi Assembly in February 2015. Professionally, Gahlot was an advocate in the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court with an experience of over 16 years of legal practice.
Rajendra Pal Gautam: He joined the Aam Aadmi Party in 2014. He was elected to the Delhi Assembly in 2015 and became the Cabinet Minister. Gautam has been known for the work in the field of eradicating manual scavenging from the city and upliftment of the socially backward communities.
Meanwhile, the party has received flak on social media as no woman leader was included in the new Kejriwal’s cabinet, despite the fact that 8 female candidates from the party emerged victorious in the recently concluded Delhi Vidhan Sabha elections.
Earlier in the day, while speaking on the matter, Sisodia said that there is nothing wrong if Arvind Kejriwal ji thinks that the same cabinet should be repeated. “People are happy with the work of the cabinet and we won the elections on basis of our work. We will continue to build and maintain the confidence of the people,” the senior AAP leader added.