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The improbable six: Kejriwal’s round table

A look at the six Aam Aadmi Party members who will be sworn in as Delhi ministers on Saturday, according to the list sent by chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal to the lieutenant governor:

Manish Sisodia (41)

Was a journalist before joining Kejriwal’s RTI campaign and becoming his confidant during Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement. Became a prominent Aam Aadmi Party face after Kejriwal split from Hazare and floated the party. Won from Patparganj and is likely to bag a key portfolio

 

Satyendra Kumar Jain (49)

Quit a central government job to join Hazare’s movement. Claims that corruption drove him to resign as architect with the central public works department. Works with a couple of social organisations that help the visually impaired and mentally challenged, and organises mass weddings for poor girls. Won from Sakur Basti

 


Saurabh Bhardwaj (34)

Was an engineer with a private firm when he decided to study law so he could provide legal assistance to Delhi’s poor. Fought a long and successful battle on behalf of a rape survivor. Quit his job to join the party and won from upscale Greater Kailash. Likely to bag a key technical portfolio

 

Somnath Bharti (39)

The IIT postgraduate and lawyer got associated with Team Kejriwal when he became defence counsel for youths arrested during the December 16 gang-rape street protests. Won from the Malviya Nagar seat

 

 

RakhiBirla (26)

Worked as an intern with a private news channel in Delhi. Unconfirmed reports say she quit after her demand for Rs 300 as mobile phone allowance was turned down. Defeated four-time MLA and public works department minister Raj Kumar Chouhan by over 10,000 votes

 

GirishSoni (49)

An activist since 1980, he aspired to enter politics. Joined the Aam Aadmi Party and participated in Kejriwal’s “bijli, paani” (power, water) agitation in Delhi. Won from Madipur and is tipped to get a social welfare department

 

* The list was sent after mollifying MLA Vinod Kumar Binny, who had rebelled on Tuesday after being denied a ministry berth