The missing of MLA Vinod Kumar Binny’s name from the list of Council of Ministers sent by Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal to the Delhi Lieutenant Governor on Tuesday has surprised many. Mr. Binny has recorded his strong resentment over his exclusion.
Mr. Binny was the likeliest of the AAP MLAs to be inducted in the Cabinet for, as the then municipal councillor he was the first elected representative to join the party.
Sources in the AAP expressed surprise as Mr. Binny’s brainchild, the institution of gram sabha implemented in his ward in Lakshmi Nagar, was picked by Mr. Kejriwal as a model for implementing development works in the capital. During campaign, Mr. Kejriwal mobilised voters by referring to the gram sabha and Mr. Binny umpteen times.
Mr. Binny was reportedly angry at two relatively non-entities, Satyendra Jain and Girish Soni, being preferred to his administrative experience. Besides, he has the credit of defeating A.K. Walia, Congress stalwart in the Sheila Dikshit government, by more than 8,000 votes in Lakshmi Nagar. Meanwhile, Mr. Binny reportedly told the media while leaving Mr. Kejriwal’s residence in a huff that he would organise a press conference on this issue and make a disclosure.