Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was today relieved of the charge of Urban Development with the portfolio being given to his cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain.
The move is being seen as a step to minimise the workload of Sisodia who, according to sources, wants to focus more on education sector.
Besides, being the Deputy Chief Minister, Sisodia takes care of chief ministerial work in absence of Kejriwal who in the coming time will be busy campaigning in Punjab, Goa, Gujarat where elections are scheduled next year.
However, the government has attributed the change to better coordination of work between Manish Sisodia and Jain, who are holding important portfolios in the Kejriwal Cabinet.
The Deputy Chief Minister holds charge of about eleven departments including education, finance, planning, land and building, revenue, vigilance, services, administrative reforms, information technology, law and justice.
Jain, who now has the Urban Development Department in his kitty, also holds important portfolios like power, home, PWD, transport, health and industries.
Urban Development plays an important role in the government as the department looks after the works of municipal corporations and development in unauthorised colonies.
The AAP chief is to visit Una town of Gir-Somnath district in Gujarat tomorrow where some Dalit youths were brutally thrashed last week for allegedly skinning a dead cow.
This would be his second visit to the BJP-ruled state in less than a fortnight. He had visited Gujarat on July 9 to kickstart AAP’s poll campaign.
In the first week of August, Kejriwal is expected to visit Goa to meet the farmers there.