Kejriwal drops controversial former ministers
Two former ministers - Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla - who had courted controversy during Kejriwal's 49-day government have been kept out of the Cabinet this time.
Bharti had conducted a midnight raid alleging a sex racket operating out of a rented flat in Malviya Nagar. The Delhi Police refused to cooperate with Bharti and his actions faced widespread criticism from women rights groups.
Birla, then minister for women and child welfare, had filed a case against a young boy for allegedly stoning her car. The police, however, said it was a cricket ball. Kejriwal then asked her to withdraw the case.
Manish Sisodia to be Deputy Chief Minister?
Senior AAP leader and Kejriwal's confidante Manish Sisodia could be appointed Deputy Chief Minister in the Aam Aadmi Party government.
According to ANI, the cabinet could include the following MLAs: Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Jain, Adarsh Shastri, Saurabh Bhardwaj, Jitender Tomar, Kapil Mishra, Sandeep Kumar and Asim Ahmed Khan.
Ram Nivas Goyal is likely to be the Speaker of the Delhi Assembly while Bandana Kumar could be the Deputy Speaker.
According to a report in today's Economic Times Kejriwal could also bring technocrats on board to make up for the lack of experience of some of his MLAs. He told ET in an interview, that he would need experts to execute some of his ambitious promises. "Yes, we need experts. We will encourage sector-wise expertise in this government."
Kerjiwal will be sworn in on 14 February along with several other cabinet ministers. He is likely to announce the portfolios shortly thereafter.
In the previous government, Sisodia held the posts of Education, PWD, Urban Development, Revenue, Land & Building and local bodies.