Saurabh Bharadwaj, an engineer by qualification who has worked in the United States for a short stint, is a close aide of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. This will be the second time that the Greater Kailash legislator will serve as a member of the Delhi Cabinet after having been a part of it as Transport Minister during the 49-day AAP government in the year 2013-14. He was in California and working in the IT sector before the anti-corruption movement helmed by Anna Hazare and Kejriwal led to the formation of AAP in 2012. He is currently the national spokesperson of the AAP and is likely to be given PWD, irrigation and flood control, water, and home departments. He is also the vice chairperson of the Delhi Jal Board at the moment. Following the party’s electoral conquest in 2020 Bharadwaj had famously led the ‘Hanuman procession’, likening lord Hanuman to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s projection as lord Ram by the BJP. In addition to being the shadow environment minister, Bharadwaj has led several internal Committees of the Delhi Legislative Assembly tasked with assessing and reporting on various issues related to the administration of the Capital under various sectors.
Today: December 9, 2023