Imran Hussain takes oath as Cabinet min
Just after seven months of the Kejriwal regime, Ballimaran MLA Imran Hussain on Tuesday took oath as a minister in the Delhi Cabinet, replacing Asim Ahmed Khan, who was sacked by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over alleged graft charges.
On October 9, Kejriwal summarily sacked Environment and Food minister Khan for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 6 lakh from a builder and recommended a CBI probe into the case.
Khan had defeated the senior-most leader of the Congress, Harun Yusuf, who was holding powerful portfolios such as power, transport and food and civil supplies for 13 years under former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday administered the oath of office and secrecy to Hussain in presence of Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, Leader of Opposition, Vijender Gupta, Cabinet Ministers Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai, Kapil Mishra, Sandeep Kumar, the Chief Secretary and other senior officers.
Although there was no mention of his portfolios, Hussain is expected to get the same departments that used to be handled by Khan. It is expected that Kejriwal maybe reshuffling the Cabinet duties after Dussehra festival. Presently, food and civil supply and environment departments are under Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia after the sacking Asim Ahmed Khan.
Hussain, who was the popular choice after Khan’s sacking, is one of the three minority faces in the Delhi Legislative Assembly. The 34-year-old first time legislator, who did his bachelors in Business Studies from Jamia Millia Islamia, defeated BJP’s Shayam Lal Morwal by a margin of 33,877 votes and Congress heavyweight Haroon Yusuf in the 2015 Assembly polls. He had joined AAP before the Lok Sabha polls.