New Delhi: Senior AAP leader Atishi, who is set to become the first woman minister in the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi cabinet, is a key member of the team implementing the party’s educational reforms in the national capital. Atishi, along with AAP leader Saurabh Bhardwaj, are the two leaders whose names have been floated for appointment as ministers after Kejriwal’s trusted lieutenants Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain, both arrested on corruption charges, dropped his cabinet. resigned from the posts.
Bhardwaj (43) is the national spokesperson of the party and is currently serving as the vice-chairman of the Delhi Jal Board. Both the leaders are usually at the forefront of interactions with the media and during various protests organized by the party.
Bhardwaj said, “The Center wanted to stop the work being done in Delhi and we will not let that happen. We are grateful to the CM for keeping faith in me and Atishi and we will continue to work for the people of Delhi.”
Atishi (41), who represents Kalkaji constituency in the assembly, contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from the East Delhi seat, but lost to BJP’s Gautam Gambhir.
Bhardwaj, who is a three-time MLA from the Greater Kailash assembly constituency, also served as the transport minister in the Delhi cabinet during the first term of the AAP government.
A Computer Science Engineer, Bhardwaj is also a law graduate from Osmania University. He has worked abroad for some time before joining the Aam Aadmi Party in 2013.
While Sisodia, who was handling 18 of the total 33 departments in the Delhi government, was arrested by the CBI on Sunday evening in connection with the Delhi Excise Policy case, Jain, currently lodged in Tihar Jail, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in May last year. Was. In connection with the money laundering case.
Jain continued to be a minister in the Delhi government even after his arrest.