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President's rule in Delhi revoked from Saturday; Arvind Kejriwal appointed new CM

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 13 February 2015, 10:39 PM

President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday appointed Arvind Kejriwal as Chief Minister of Delhi along with six cabinet ministers.

A Home Ministry statement said the President appointed Kejriwal as the Chief Minister of Delhi with effect from the date he is sworn in.

“The President, on the advise of the Chief Minister, has also appointed Manish Sisodia, Asim Ahmed Khan, Sandeep Kumar, Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai and Jitender Singh Tomar as ministers of Delhi,” the statement said.

Earlier, the President revoked the order issued on February 16, 2014 under article 239AB of the Constitution imposing central rule in Delhi to pave the way for installation of an elected government.

“I, Pranab Mukherjee, President of India hereby revoke the Order issued by me on the 16th day of February, 2014 under Article 239AB of the Constitution in relation to the National Capital Territory of Delhi, with effect from the 14th day of February, 2015,” according to a gazette notification issued.

The decision came following a recommendation of the Union Cabinet earlier today after the Aam Aadmi Party’s landslide victory in Delhi polls.

The Cabinet decision came after the Election Commission notified the list of newly-elected members of the 70-member Delhi Assembly.

President’s rule was imposed in Delhi on February 17 last year, after Arvind Kejriwal resigned as chief minister and the President accepted his resignation.

Know Kejriwal's press advisor

Former journalist and media in-charge of Aam Aadmi Party Nagendar Sharma will be the press advisor to Arvind Kejriwal after he assumes charge as Delhi Chief Minister on Saturday.

Sharma, considered close to Kejriwal, is credited with devising an effective media strategy for AAP after the party drew a blank in Delhi in the Lok Sabha polls.

He had worked with PTI, BBC and Hindustan Times and was also media adviser to Kejriwal during his 49-day stint as chief minister.

42-year-old Sharma led a team of spokespersons during the high-voltage campaign for the Delhi Assembly polls.

A senior party leader said Sharma always remained behind the scene while formulating AAP’s responses to various critical issues as well as to allegations levelled by rival parties.

Winner of Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism award, Sharma had worked with BBC World Service from 2001 to 2007.

First Published: Friday, February 13, 2015 10:24 PM
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