Manish Sisodia

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Manish Sisodia
Deputy CM of Delhi Sh. Manish Sisodia
1st Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi
Assumed office
14 February 2015
Chief MinisterArvind Kejriwal
Preceded byPost created
Member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly from Patparganj
In office
10 February 2015 – Incumbent
In office
08 December 2013 – 10 February 2014
Preceded byAnil Kumar Choudhary
Succeeded byPresident's Rule
Personal details
Born (1972-01-05) 5 January 1972 (age 47)
Hapur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partyAam Aadmi Party
PortfolioCabinet Minister of Finance and Planning, Revenue, Services, Power, Education, Higher Education, Information Technology, Technical Education, Administrative Reforms

Manish Sisodia is an Indian politician who has been the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi since February 2015. He also holds the Education, Finance, Planning, Tourism, Land & Building, Services, Women & Child, Art, Culture & Languages portfolios in the Government of NCT 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, and has been an active member since the inception of the AAP.

Early life and career[edit]

The son of a teacher, Sisodia commenced his career as a journalist after completing a diploma in the subject,[2] awarded by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1993. He hosted a program called "Zero Hour" for All India Radio in 1996 and then worked for Zee News as a news producer and reader between 1997-2005.[3]


Sisodia's first brush with activism came with the non-governmental organisation (NGO), Kabir, and then with another NGO, Parivartan, which campaigned for the right to information.[2] He was one of nine people selected by Aruna Roy to help draft the Right to Information Act.[4]

Along with Kejriwal and Abhinandan Sekhri, Sisodia was a founder of the Public Cause Research Foundation in 2006.[5] He was also a key figure in Kabir, another NGO.[6] 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.[7]

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 December 2013 Delhi Assembly election, when he defeated Nakul Bhardwaj, a Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, by 11,478 votes in the Patparganj constituency of East Delhi.[7][8] In the February 2015 Delhi Assembly election, which resulted in a landslide victory for AAP, he was again elected from Patparganj, defeating Vinod Kumar Binny of the Bharatiya Janata Party by over 24,000 votes.[9]



  1. ^ "Delhi Govt Portal". Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Delhi Minister Manish Sisodia's journey from journalist to number 2 in Kejriwal's Cabinet". IBN Live. Press Trust of India. 14 February 2015. Archived from the original on 1 February 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  3. ^ "What makes Manish Sisodia the man in charge of Delhi". Governance Now. 21 January 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "About Us". Public Cause Research Foundation. Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ a b "Manish Sisodia: From journalist to Kejriwal's Man Friday". The Hindu. PTI. 28 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Constituency wise result". Election Commission of India. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Delhi poll results 2015 Updates: AAP makes an impressive comeback with 67 seats". One India. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  10. ^ "#ie100: Narendra Modi to Ravish Kumar, the most powerful Indians". The Indian Express. Retrieved 27 February 2016.

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