First-time MLA Kapil Mishra was today 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 Jitendra Singh Tomar who had resigned from the post last week following his arrest on charge of possessing fake degrees.
Mishra, MLA from Karawal Nagar, was administered oath 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 oath in Sanskrit in the Delhi Assembly.