Sources said the Home Ministry sent President's communication to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung this morning. "The Ministry of Home Affairs has sent President's communication to the Lt Governor regarding formation of government by Arvind Kejriwal," the sources said.

They said the Home Minister signed the file last night and sent it to Lt Governor this morning. "The LG is empowered to exercise his power as representative of President of India and decide date and place of oath ceremony in consultation with the Chief Minister designate," they said.
    
In his meeting on Monday, Kejriwal had requested Jung to hold the oath ceremony on Thursday after staking claim to form government with support from the Congress.

AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal has announced his Cabinet, which include the names of Manish Sisodia, Rakhi Birla, Somnath Bharti, Saurabh Bhardwaj, Girish Soni and Satendra Jain.

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The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday declared that it will form the government in the national capital with outside support from the Congress, which it had trounced in the December 4 Assembly polls.

Arvind Kejriwal to head youngest Cabinet comprising first-time MLAs

Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Somnath Bharti, Girish Soni, Saurabh Bhardwaj, Satyendra Jain and Rakhi Birla

From 26-year-old Rakhi Birla to 41-year-old Manish Sisodia, the soon-to-be Delhi Cabinet is not just going to be the youngest ever but also probably the first in which all members, including the Chief Minister, are debutant MLAs.
    
At an age when most youngsters struggle to find their feet in their career, Birla will not just be the youngest minister in Kejriwal's cabinet, but also its only woman face.
   
Manish Sisodia, a trusted aide of Kejriwal, came to prominence during Anna Hazare's movement for Janlokpal Bill in 2011. The 41-year-old journalist turned-activist-turned- politician defeated BJP's Nakul Bhardwaj by over 11,000 votes from Patparganj constituency in East Delhi.

Somnath Bharti, another IITian in Kejriwal’s cabinet, is an MLA from Malviya Nagar. He holds a Master's degree from IIT, Delhi, and a degree in law. The 39-year-old defeated BJP's Arti Mehra and another Delhi government minister Kiran Walia.

Girish Soni, an MLA from Madipur, had participated in Bijli-Pani agitation of the Aam Aadmi Party and motivated people to join the agitation. He was associated with Bharat Naujawan Sabha in 1980. He was the general secretary of the party in Madipur.

Saurabh Bhardwaj, an engineering graduate who had also studied law, is another face in Kejriwal's team. The 34-year-old defeated Ajay Kumar Malhotra, son of veteran BJP leader V K Malhotra, by a margin of around 13,000 votes from Greater Kailash constituency.
    
Satyendra Jain, MLA from Shakur Basti (North), will also be inducted as a minister. He is an architect by profession. Satyendra used to work in CPWD but fed up with the level of corruption in the department, he quit his job and started providing architecture consultancy. He actively joined during the Jan Lokpal movement and then joined AAP when the political party came into being.

Rakhi Birla had emerged as a giant killer after thumping four-time MLA and PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan in the Sheila Dikshit government in Mangolpuri by around 10,500 votes. Before joining AAP, Birla had worked with a private news channel. She had also been working in collaboration with social organisations for the causes of Valmiki community. Birla hails from Valmiki community and her father was associated with Congress for a long time but quit the party in 2011 during the Janlokpal movement.

JPN/Agencies

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