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Taste of revolt before oath

New Delhi, Dec. 24: Delhi chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal today faced a challenge not unfamiliar to “traditional” rivals when one of his MLAs with Congress antecedents threatened a rebellion, apparently after being denied a ministerial berth.

Vinod Kumar Binny walked out of Kejriwal’s home in a huff this evening in the middle of a meeting to finalise the list of ministers to be sworn in on Thursday.

Binny threatened a “ big expose”. “I will not speak anything now. Tomorrow I will hold a news conference and make a big expose,” Binny, who had quit the Congress after being denied a ticket, said on his way out.

AAP insiders said six leaders, apart from Kejriwal, were likely to take oath as ministers in the AAP government to be formed with the Congress’s support.

Binny was upset after reportedly being told that he would not be made a minister and that the AAP had “bigger responsibilities” for him.

AAP sources said the exclusion of Binny was deliberate given his Congress background. AAP leaders felt that he could not be included given the party’s plan to probe the alleged corruption of ministers in the Congress government led by Sheila Diskhit.

AAP is picking ministers carefully to ensure all are party loyalists. Sources said most were new faces whose inclusion would be in tune with the party’s promise of a total overhaul of governance.

Binny was eyeing a plum portfolio as he had defeated a senior Congress leader, former health minister A.K. Walia.

“We don’t know why he is angry. Wer are trying to talk to him,” senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said.