President Mukherjee on Friday approved the induction of AAP MLAs Kailash Gahlot and Rajendra Pal Gautam as ministers in Delhi Cabinet, media reported. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had yesterday forwarded its recommendation to the President after having given its approval for AAP’s bid for two new ministers in the cabinet. Gautam is an MLA from Seemapuri and Gahlot from Najafgarh.

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The vacancies in the Cabinet were created after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sacked two ministers. Former water minister Kapil Mishra was suspended from the Aam Aadmi Party and eventually sacked from the cabinet after he accused party convener Kejriwal of being involved in a water tanker scam. Sandeep Mishra was axed after a CD purportedly showing him in objectionable positions surfaced.
The President also approved the removal of Kapil Mishra as minister in the Delhi government.

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As per rules, the Delhi government needs Centre’s approval to fill vacant Cabinet seats. Earlier, Kejriwal had alleged that the Centre was trying to ‘stall’ the Delhi government’s work by holding back files related to appointment of new ministers and that the ‘enmity ‘ between AAP and BJP-led NDA government should not be cause the people of Delhi to suffer.