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Who is AAP’s governance face in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal or Manish Sisodia?

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At the launch of his book, ‘Shiksha: My Experiments as an Education Minister’, on 5 September, Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia reminded us how hard he works. He has many portfolios, and his boss is a tough taskmaster. Sisodia, whose book with his photo on the cover was launched by former President Pranab Mukherjee, said he would go home and write the chapters through voice dictation in Google Docs.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, speaking at the event like a supporting speaker, did not name Sisodia or his position even once. He tried to take credit for the turnaround in Delhi’s government-run schools by using the word “hum (we)”. If you look for these speeches on YouTube, you will easily find them on a channel called “Manish Sisodia At Work”.

There is perhaps no deputy chief minister in the country who has built his image and profile the way Manish Sisodia has. As Arvind Kejriwal wasted his political capital on a badly fought Punjab assembly election and by poorly positioning himself as the national alternative to BJP’s Narendra Modi, his deputy remained consistent in creating a governance profile for himself.

Today, Arvind Kejriwal is seen as a leader who failed at national politics, and Manish Sisodia as a hard-working minister who has done a good job with education and health. If you ask people in Delhi, they will even credit Sisodia for the mohalla clinics, even though it’s minister Satyendra Jain who holds the health portfolio. And that’s because Sisodia has often plastered the city with hoardings that display him in full prominence, bombarded radio channels with ads carrying his voice, and generally left no stone unturned to make sure everyone knows what a great administrator he is. Poor Satyendra Jain hasn’t had such opportunities.

Also read: Why Kejriwal has dropped Modi-baiter avatar to become champion of Delhi’s development

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