Crack in AAP: Vinod Kumar Binny storms out of Kejriwal's residence
Assumptions have been made that Vinod Kumar Binny's abrupt exit could be because he is upset about not being named in a first list of six cabinet ministers that AAP released today. The names have been sent to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
Binny is seen as close to top AAP leader Manish Sisodia and was widely expected to be made a cabinet minister after a big win in Laxmi Nagar. But, sources said, Kejriwal, who will be Delhi's next chief minister, ruled him out of the list.
Party sources said Binny was being fielded as parliamentary secretary to the Chief Minister. This is equivalent to a cabinet berth. However, AAP sources admit that Binny may not have understood the responsibility that has been chalked out for him.
"I don't know if Binny was angry. He did not say anything during his meeting with Arvind Kejriwal," said AAP leader Manish Sisodia. AAP sources said that party leader Yogendra Yadav has been sent to talk to Mr Binny
Binny is one of the few AAP legislators who has won an election before. Twice, as a independent MLA. This year, he was one of AAP's giant-slayers, defeating Delhi Health Minister A K Walia in Laxmi Nagar by about 8,000 votes.
A former Congressman, he quit that party in 2011, to join the massive anti-graft movement engineered by Arvind Kejriwal and his former mentor Anna Hazare.