Kapil Mishra sworn-in as Delhi law minister
First-time MLA Kapil <g data-gr-id="27">Mishra,</g> was on Monday sworn-in as a Cabinet minister in the Delhi government and given charge of the Law Department.
Known as a loyalist of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, 34-year-old Mishra replaces Jitender Singh Tomar who had resigned from the post last week following his arrest on <g data-gr-id="23">charge</g> of possessing fake degrees.
Mishra, MLA from Karawal Nagar, was administered <g data-gr-id="21">oath</g> of office and secrecy by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung at a simple ceremony at the Raj Bhavan.
Kejriwal, his cabinet colleagues and top officials of Delhi government were present on the occasion.
34-year-old Mishra’s name was also doing rounds for a ministerial berth when AAP won a landslide victory in February. However, he was made the vice-chairman of Delhi Jal Board.
Known as a Kejriwal loyalist, Mishra has been associated with him since the India Against Corruption (IAC) days.
When Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan upped their ante against the party leadership, he took a lead in starting a signature campaign urging all MLAs to back Kejriwal.
Mishra, a former activist with an international organisation, won from Karawal Nagar by a margin of over 44,000 votes and took <g data-gr-id="22">oath</g> in Sanskrit in the Delhi Assembly.