AAP MLAs Saurabh Bharadwaj, Atishi To Be Sworn In As Ministers On Thursday

New Delhi:

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs Saurabh Bharadwaj and Atishi will be sworn in as ministers by Delhi Lt Governor VK Saxena on Thursday.

Following the resignations of Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and minister Satyendar Jain, both currently in Tihar jail in alleged corruption and money laundering cases respectively, two Cabinet berths had fallen vacant.

President Droupadi Murmu has accepted the resignations of Mr Sisodia and Mr Jain, and has also appointed Mr Bharadwaj and Atishi as ministers in the Delhi government headed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Mr Saxena had recommended the names of Atishi and Mr Bharadwaj to President Murmu for appointments as ministers in the Cabinet following a recommendation from Mr Kejriwal for their elevation to the Cabinet.

Atishi and Mr Bharadwaj will be attending the Delhi Assembly’s Budget Session commencing from March 17 as ministers after their swearing in on March 9, the sources said.

“The President is pleased to accept, on the advice of the Chief Minister of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, the resignation of Shri Manish Sisodia, a Minister in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, with immediate effect,” an official notification said.

A similar notification was also issued with regard to Mr Jain.

Mr Sisodia was arrested by the CBI on February 26 in connection with alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped Delhi liquor or excise policy for 2021-22.

He is currently in judicial custody, till March 20.

Mr Jain, who is also in judicial custody, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a case of alleged money laundering on May 30 last year.

Mr Bharadwaj has been an MLA of the AAP since 2013 and is currently the vice-chairman of the Delhi Jal Board. He was a minister of the short-lived first Kejriwal government in 2013.

Atishi is an MLA of the AAP since 2020 and has been associated with the party since its inception.

She was an advisor of Mr Sisodia in his education portfolio.

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