Small team: Kejriwal to hold key portfolios; Sisodia to handle others
13 February 2015
Delhi's chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal, head of the Aam Admi Party, that swept the state assembly elections this week, will hold the key portfolios of home, power and finance himself after assuming his position on Saturday.
Manish Sisiodia, who is virtually the AAP's No 2 man, will hold other important portfolios like education, public works, and urban development, according to a PTI report citing party sources.
Notably, the departments to be handled by Kejriwal and Sisodia demand direct interaction with the Centre.
The AAP also plans to carry out its educational agenda by building new schools and colleges, which is why it will be given to a senior AAP man.
Satyendra Jain, who had handled health and industry in the previous short-lived AAP government, will retain the same portfolios, the report said.
In his earlier stint as health minister, Jain was credited with ensuring free medicines in government-run hospitals.
Apart from Sisodia, Jain is the only person who has been retained from the previous Kejriwal government.
Senior party leader and political affairs committee (PAC) member Gopal Rai is tipped be to the next transport and labour minister.
Sandeep Kumar, a lawyer by profession, is likely to handle women and child welfare as well as and SC and ST welfare.
Jitendra Tomar, another lawyer, will handle the law department.
Asim Ahmed Khan is likely to be given the charge of food and civil supplies as well as minority affairs ministries.
Rai, Kumar, Tomar and Khan are first-time legislators.