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Rakhi Birla: The youngest minister in Kejriwal’s cabinet

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Rakhi Birla had emerged as a giant killer after thumping four-time MLA and PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan in the Sheila Dikshit government in Mangolpuri by around 10,500 votes. File Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
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Rakhi Birla had emerged as a giant killer after thumping four-time MLA and PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan in the Sheila Dikshit government in Mangolpuri by around 10,500 votes. File Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

At an age when most youngsters struggle to find their feet, 26-year-old Rakhi Birla is not just the youngest minister in Arvind Kejriwal’s cabinet, but also its only woman face.

Ms. Birla had emerged as a giant killer after thumping four-time MLA and PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan in the Sheila Dikshit government in Mangolpuri by around 10,500 votes.

Before joining AAP, She had worked with a private news channel. She had also been working in collaboration with social organisations for the cause of the Valmiki community.

Ms. Birla hails from the Valmiki community and her father was associated with the Congress for a long time but quit the party in 2011 during the Janlokpal movement.

She was born in Delhi to Sheila and Bhupendra Singh Bidhlan, and is the youngest of their four daughters.

Ms. Birla’s last name got actually stuck with her after her school teacher made a mistake while preparing her Class X certificate and wrote Birla instead of Bidhlan — her actual surname.

She had declared assets worth Rs. 51,150 in her election affidavit. Her family has been related to social work since the last four generations; her great-grandfather and grandfather were part of India’s freedom struggle.

After graduating from Delhi University’s Shivaji College, she did her Masters in Mass Communication and joined a local television channel as a reporter.

During her stint as journalist, Ms. Birla covered the Janlokpal movement and came in contact with India Against Corruption and Arvind Kejriwal.

When AAP was formed, she joined the party and fought elections from her home turf, where she registered one of the biggest upsets of these elections by thumping Mr. Chauhan who was considered invincible from the reserved constituency.

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Great. Very much heart touching. I always read about Arvind Sir and
watch his interview online. Very much devoted to the country for
public, more over for whom who really need.
Heads off to you sir.
Congrats to Rakhi. You are really the winner.
Thanks to initiate

from:  Kapil Kumar
Posted on: Dec 31, 2013 at 16:02 IST

Always corrupt people easily join together and they are aggressive.They work together to
defeat honest and right thinking people.Even if AK stay in power,it is a great
achievement.india is always have something in reserve.We have hopes with you Arvind let
God be with you're team always.

from:  Dr K N Shadakshara swamy
Posted on: Dec 30, 2013 at 10:29 IST

After a long long time have we come across politics which is not divisive i.e. not about a region, north vs south or Marathi(or any other state) Vs Non-state, not about religion, not about caste - but is a politics of unity.
That in itself is a great change which has come about.

from:  raman
Posted on: Dec 29, 2013 at 17:22 IST

This light we see in Delhi gives a new birth to democracy and struggle against corruption. Hope they never let the people down.

from:  Manju Ramachandran
Posted on: Dec 29, 2013 at 09:24 IST

My Support to AAP Always but is Gun Indian are really out of
Rakhi the Face of Indian women..but do you think you will
reach us...being an Aam Janta....

from:  Jyoti Kumar Singha
Posted on: Dec 28, 2013 at 19:22 IST

Youngster's dream of a true indian nation is slowly coming to light. Southern states especially Andhra and Tamilnadu is grappling with uncontrolled corruption as there are no options available to people. Goondas rule these states for many decades be it ADMK or DMK. If DMK was allowed one more time to power, Tamilnadu would have been on sale. AAP should start their roots into these states and stop ruining our land, people, environment and regain our traditions, values, respect, self esteem and above all unity. Lets pray that this movement grow faster than the current politician's bank accounts in far shores.

from:  anand
Posted on: Dec 28, 2013 at 18:11 IST

Age does not matter to deliver; its only the ambition that counts. Hurry
team AK! Wishing the whole team the very best!

from:  Lakshmanan B
Posted on: Dec 28, 2013 at 18:03 IST

We in Chennai are delighted to see the unfolding of events in Delhi. We sincerely wish
the new team all success and hope that in time, their thoughts, beliefs and actions
spread to the South. The southern states are badly in need of proper governance and

from:  Sirish Patel
Posted on: Dec 28, 2013 at 17:26 IST

Indian politics reconstructed with eminent and enthusiastic politicians comes from common people. It is only due to AAP and Mr. Kejriwal's vision to uproot corruption in all stages of democracy. And I'm very pleased to here to give chance all educated people with journalism mixed with younger blood.I hope they will show path to rest of nation where actually filled with caste and communal differences.I wish all the very best to AAP and to its agenda.

from:  K Venkata Ramana
Posted on: Dec 28, 2013 at 17:04 IST

Notwithstanding her age, we should
trust her seeing her zeal and the
family history of anthropology. We
wish her all the best for all future
endeavours and pray that she,
alongwith CM Mr. KEJRIVAL, may come
out flying colours.

from:  Varun Joshi
Posted on: Dec 28, 2013 at 16:34 IST
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