AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal picks his team of ministers

Published: 24 December, 2013 17:49 IST | Agencies |

Aam Aadmi Party picks Delhi cabinet; team of ministers believed to include Arvind Kejriwal and his trusted associate Manish Sisodia

Arvind Kejriwal is understood to have finalised his team of ministers that includes his trusted associate Manish Sisodia and five others to be inducted into his ministry that will be sworn in later this week.

Besides Sisodia, a former journalist who won from Patparganj constituency, the Cabinet will include Rakhi Birla, the giant killer who defeated PWD Minister Rajkumar Chouhan, Somnath Bharti (defeated Women and Child Development Minister Kiran Walia) Saurabh Bhardwaj, Girish Soni and Satendra Jain, said Bharadwaj after a meeting with Kejriwal.

Arvind Kejriwal
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal (R) arrives to address a press conference at the party headquarters in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, on Monday. Pic/AFP

However, party sources said there could be more changes before the team is finalised.

Kejriwal may be sworn-in as Chief Minister at an oath-taking ceremony in Ramlila Maidan once President Pranab Mukherjee clears the Lt Governor's proposal in this regard.

Throughout the day Kejriwal held discussions at his residence here with party leaders including Sisodia.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal is understood to have decided to pick up senior IAS officer, Rajendra Kumar as Chief Minister's Principal Secretary.

Like Kejriwal, 47-year-old Kumar, at present Higher Education Secretary, is an alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur. 

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