Arvind Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has rewritten the grammar of politics in Delhi and may possibly do so elsewhere, took oath on Saturday as Delhi Chief Minister, along with six others Cabinet minister – Manish Sisodia, Girish Soni, Rakhi Birla, Satyendra Jain, Saurabh Bharadwaj and Somnath Bharti.
Here's a look at the profiles of the newest members of the Delhi government:
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal: A mascot of unconventional politics
In-charge: Planning, Services and all other departments not allocated
Emerging as a mascot of an alternative brand of politics, engineer-turned civil servant Arvind Kejriwal has changed the political discourse to steer his AAP to power – a sweet revenge for the activist's fledgling party that was once branded as "mango people in a banana republic". Leading from the front, the 45-year-old leader of Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) anchored his campaign in an unconventional way to see it become the second largest party in Delhi Assembly elections with a stunning showing that halted the 15-year rule of Congress.
With interests of the common man at the core of AAP's agenda, Kejriwal's triumph over three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to become her successor today was the proverbial icing on the cake to earn him the tag of 'giant killer'.
Often called the anti-corruption man, the diminutive and bespectacled IITian and a former tax official has catapulted himself from one of the many proponents of an ombudsman to check graft to the force behind a widely popular people's movement.
A renowned activist, who was dismissed as a political greenhorn, cemented his place in politics with an impressive political debut for his one-year-old AAP that challenged the political establishment.
Born on August 16, 1968 in Hisar in Haryana to Gobind Ram Kejriwal and Gita Devi, Arvind sent the entire political spectrum into a tizzy, attacking both BJP and Congress on the issues of corruption, exorbitant rise in power and water tariff, safety of women and had managed to make a dent in the vote banks of both the parties. (Read full profile)
Manish Sisodia: From journalist to Kejriwal's man Friday
In-charge: Revenue, PWD, Urban Development, Education, Higher Education, Local Bodies