Delhi: AAP ministers list out objectives
Posted on: 06:21 PM IST Dec 24, 2013
New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party has finalised its Cabinet for Delhi with Arvind Kejriwal as the Chief Minister. The Cabinet will include former journalist Manish Sisodia representing Patparganj, Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti, former journalist Rakhi Birla who is an MLA from Mangolpuri, Saurabh Bhardwaj from Greater Kailash, Satyendra Jain from Shakur Basti and Girish Soni from Madipur.
With now focus turning to the rookie party on how effectively it will be able to fulfill its poll promises, AAP leaders have urged people to be patient and give them time. "We are a new party. People must be patient and give us time to fulfill our promises," said Bhardwaj, whose name featured in the Cabinet list released by party leader Arvind Kejriwal.
Meanwhile, his party member Somnath Bharti, who was also part of the Cabinet list, said that his party will ensure that Lokpal is passed by the Delhi Assembly. "Lokpal is our top priority. We do not fear Congress withdrawing its outside support to our party," said Bharti who is an IIT graduate and a practising lawyer.
Kejriwal is all set to take over the Chief Minister of Delhi and will take oath on December 26 at Ramlila Maidan, the nerve centre of the Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption agitation in 2011.
AAP on Monday ended the 15-day long speculation over the next government in Delhi by staking claim and announcing Kejriwal as the Chief Minister designate.
After surprising everyone with its spectacular political debut, AAP announced its decision to accept Congress's outside support to form a minority government in Delhi.
The decision came after a 5-day long exercise in which the party returned to the electorate with an unofficial referendum on whether to form a government or not.
AAP, which had won 28 seats in the 70-member Assembly, was the second party that met Lieutenant General Najeeb Jung to stake claim after the Bharatiya Janata Party which had won 32 seats refused to form the government due to lack of a majority.