1. Arvind Kejriwal reshuffles cabinet; Kapil Mishra removed, Rajendra Gautam, Kailash Gahlot inducted as ministers

Arvind Kejriwal reshuffles cabinet; Kapil Mishra removed, Rajendra Gautam, Kailash Gahlot inducted as ministers

"Water management was not up to the mark, Kapil Mishra made a lot of effort. CM decided to bring in Kailash Gahlot in his place," Manish Sisodia said.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 6, 2017 11:02 PM
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Amid controversy involving senior leader Kumar Vishwas, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday made major changes in his cabinet, ANI reported. Kapil Mishra, who was the tourism and water minister in Delhi government, was removed by Kejriwal from his post. The party also inducted two new faces — Seemapuri MLA Rajendra Pal Gautam and Najafgarh legislator Kailash Gehlot — into the Cabinet.  Following the development, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said that there were anomalies going on within the water department. “Water management was not up to the mark, Kapil Mishra made a lot of effort. CM decided to bring in Kailash Gahlot in his place,” Manish Sisodia was quoted as saying by ANI.  “Total two have been included in the Cabinet now, Kailash Gahlot and Rajendra Gautam for a post which was vacant,” he added.

Soon after the move, Mishra took to twitter and claimed he would “expose” the involvement of certain people in an alleged scam. Mishra added that he had met the chief minister earlier in the day and handed over documents related to the alleged scam. “I was not informed of the decision and as per my knowledge, it was taken unilaterally by Kejriwal.

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The Cabinet or the Political Affairs Committee (the AAP’s top decision- making body) was not involved,” Mishra told news agency Press Trust of India. The development comes after days of drama and uncertainty that showed the Aam Aadmi Party in poor light soon after the MCD poll debacle. A tussle had broken out between senior leader Kumar Vishwas and other party leaders after the former had alleged party management of running away from real reasons responsible for party’s poor performance in recently concluded Punjab Assembly and Delhi MCD polls. Party legislator Amanatullah Khan had alleged Vishwas of working on the behest of Bharatiya Janata Party. However, the situation was purpotedly controlled as Vishwas was made AAP’s Rajasthan unit chief, and Khan was suspended from the party.

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