Manish Sisodia (born 2 February 1972) is an Indian politician and Deputy Chief Minister of Government of Delhi. He has been the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi since February 2015. He is also an elected (third consecutive term) MLA from Patparganj constituency. In Government of NCT of Delhi, he holds the portfolios of Education, Higher Education, Technical Education, Finance, Planning, Excise, GST, Vigilance, Services, Tourism, Land & Building, Art, Culture & Language.
Previously, he was a cabinet minister in the Government of NCT of Delhi between December 2013 and February 2014. Prior to being elected to the Legislative Assembly of Delhi in December 2013, Sisodia was a social activist and journalist. He is a member of the National Executive Committee of the Aam Aadmi Party, and is also a founding member of the Aam Aadmi Party.
Sisodia has written a book Shiksha: My Experiments as an Education Minister, which chronicles the journey of education reforms in Delhi and has received wide acclaim for its practical insights on education transformation.
Early life and career
Manish Sisodia was born in a Rajput family of Phagauta village in Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh. Born to a father who was a public school teacher, he was enrolled into the government school in his village. Later, he commenced his career as a journalist after completing a diploma in journalism, awarded by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1993. Manish Sisodia also worked as radio jockey in FM radio station during his early career. He used to host several programs like “Zero Hour” for All India Radio in 1996 and then worked for Zee News as a reporter, news producer and news reader between 1997 and 2005.
Sisodia’s association with the Chief Minister of Delhi and AAP’s founding chief Arvind Kejriwal goes back to their time together as leaders of the non-profit Parivartan, founded by the latter to take up cases of citizens who struggled to engage with the government without paying hefty bribes to officials. After formally quitting journalism, Sisodia along with Kejriwal founded Kabir, a non-profit that organised public hearings with government officials and people. He was one of the key members of the group that drafted the Right to Information Act.
Subsequently, Sisodia became a key participant in the Anna Hazare led India Against Corruption movement of 2011 that sought a Jan Lokpal bill. He was involved in drafting the first version of that proposed legislation and was jailed for his involvement in protests.
Sisodia was one of the key founding members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He became a member of its Political Affairs Committee. He was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the December 2013 Delhi Assembly election, when he defeated Nakul Bhardwaj, a Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, by 11,476 votes in the Patparganj constituency of East Delhi. In the February 2015 Delhi Assembly election, which resulted in a landslide victory for AAP, he was again elected from Patparganj, defeating Vinod Kumar Binny of the Bharatiya Janata Party by over 28,761 votes. In 2020 Delhi Legislative Assembly election, he again defeated Ravinder Singh Negi, a BJP candidate by over 3000 votes.
Awards and recognition
- 2016: listed among the 100 most influential Indians 2016 by The Indian Express
- 2017: Sisodia was awarded the “Finest Education Minister” award
- 2019: awarded the Champions of Change Awardfor his exceptional work in education sector in Delhi.