Manish Sisodia

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Manish Sisodia
Anaa Hazare with Anupam kher, Manish sisodia and Kumar Vishwas.JPG
Anna Hazare, Anupam Kher, Manish Sisodia, Kumar Vishwas
Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi
Incumbent
Assumed office
14 February 2015
Preceded by Post created
Member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly from Patparganj
In office
14 February 2015 – Incumbent
Member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly from Patparganj
In office
28 December 2013 – 14 February 2014
Preceded by Anil Kumar Choudhary
Succeeded by President's Rule
Personal details
Born 5 January 1972 Hapur Uttar Pradesh
Political party Aam Aadmi Party
Education Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism
Occupation Politician
Portfolio Cabinet Minister of Finance and Planning, Revenue, Services, Power, Education, Higher Education, Information Technology, Technical Education, Administrative Reforms

Manish Sisodia is an ex journalist and Indian politician who has been the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi since February 2015. He also holds the Finance and Planning, Revenue, Services, Power, Education, Higher Education, Information Technology, Technical Education, Administrative Reforms portfolios in the government of Delhi.[1] Previously, he was briefly a cabinet minister in the Government of Delhi between late December 2013 and February 2014, when he had responsibility for education, PWD, urban development, local bodies and land and building. Prior to being elected to the Legislative Assembly of Delhi in December 2013, Sisodia was a social activist and journalist as well as a member of the National Executive Committee of the Aam Aadmi Party.

Early life and Career[edit]

The son of a teacher, Sisodia was born in a village in Hapur district (Uttar Pradesh).[2] Sisodia subsequently shifted to the district of Pilkhuva, 50 kilometres from Delhi where he commenced his career as a journalist after completing a post graduate diploma in Journalism from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. From 1997 to 2005, Sisodia worked as a documentary film maker, a TV news channel and news reader.[3]

Activism[edit]

Sisodia's first brush with activism came when he launched his own NGO, Kabir,[4] in Delhi's Pandav Nagar, to campaign for the right to information. This brought him in contact with Parivartan, where he met Kejriwal and was among those selected in 2006 to help draft the Right to Information Act of 2005.[5]

Along with Arvind Kejriwal and Abhinandan Sekhri, Sisodia was a founder of the Public Cause Research Foundation in 2006.[6] He was also a key figure in Kabir, a non-governmental organisation.[7] Later, he became an early participant in the popular movement of 2011 that sought a Jan Lokpal bill. He was involved in drafting the first version of that proposed legislation and was jailed for his involvement in protests.[8]

Political career[edit]

Following the creation of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in late 2012, Sisodia became a member of its Political Affairs Committee. He was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Delhi state assembly elections, 2013 when he defeated Nakul Bhardwaj, a Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, by 11,478 votes in the Patparganj constituency of East Delhi.[8][9] He was then appointed cabinet minister in the Government of Delhi, having responsibility for education, PWD, urban development, local bodies and land and building.[8]

In the Delhi Legislative Assembly election, 2015, which resulted in a landslide victory for AAP, he was again elected from Patparganj, defeating Vinod Kumar Binny of the Bharatiya Janata Party by a margin of 28,761 votes.[citation needed]

Contoversies[edit]

Manish Sisodia is alleged to have diverted foreign funds meant for his NGO, Kabir, for personal use. Home ministry's controller of accounts in 2012 concluded: "In several cases, payments are not supported with relevant documents and are routed through Manish Sisodia in cash".[10] The alleged irregularities were later discredited due to lack of evidence.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/delhi-chief-minister-kejriwal-not-to-hold-any-portfolio/article6896379.ece
  2. ^ "From journalist to Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister: The rise of AAP's strong man". Daily Mail India. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Delhi Minister Manish Sisodia's journey from journalist to number 2 in Kejriwal's Cabinet". IBN Live. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ "List of NGOs working towards the Right to Information". Karmayog. Karmayog. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Jeelani, Mehboob (1 January 2011). "Dangerous Knowledge: Can India’s landmark Right to Information Act ever live up to its promise?". Caravan. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "About Us". Public Cause Research Foundation. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Key Hazare aide Manish Sisodia's NGO Kabir raided for alleged violation of foreign contribution act". India Today. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Manish Sisodia: From journalist to Kejriwal’s Man Friday". The Hindu. PTI. 28 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Constituency wise result". Election Commission of India. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/aap-minister-manish-sisodia-misused-ngo-foreign-funds-reports-33214.html

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