28 December | The Petticoat Journal | NEW DELHI
Rakhi Birla at 26 is the female face of the new Delhi government. She is the only woman in the six-minister cabinet of the new chief minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, sworn in earlier today.
Rakhi will hold the Women and Child Development, Women’s Safety, Social Welfare and Languages portfolios. Rakhi’s declared assets are a humble Rs 51,150.
Birla 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. This is one of the biggest upset of these elections also because Chauhan was considered invincible from the reserved constituency.
Birla’s father was associated with the Congress for a very long time and quit the party in 2011 during Anna’s Janlokpal movement. Rakhi belongs to the Valmiki community. She graduated from Delhi University’s Shivaji College and joined a local television channel as a reporter after completing her masters in mass communication.
She had also been working in collaboration with social organisations for the cause of the Valmiki community. During her stint as journalist, Birla covered the Janlokpal movement and came in contact of India Against Corruption and Arvind Kejriwal.
She was born in Delhi to Sheila and Bhupendra Singh Bidhlan and is the youngest of their four daughters. Born to Bidhlans, Rakhi got Birla as her last name by accident when her school teacher made a mistake while preparing her Class X certificate and wrote Birla instead of Bidhlan.
Her grandfather was part of India’s freedom struggle though her entire family is involved in social work for the past four generations beginning with her great grandfather.
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