10 April, 2021

24 Hours In Life Of Manish Sisodia: Always Mobile, Aam Issues Drive Him

Manish Sisodia, Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister is a natural thinker. His decision to turn a political activist was perhaps born when he was a newsman in his early life

Photograph by Suresh K. Pandey
24 Hours In Life Of Manish Sisodia: Always Mobile, Aam Issues Drive Him

It’s a bright day and Delhi’s deputy CM is walking briskly on the treadmill at his official residence on Mathura Road. He has a little more time to spare today as the ongoing exams have caused a pause in his routine of daily school visits. Manish Sisodia, who holds the education portfolio, besides planning, finance, tourism and a few others, makes it a point to visit a school every morning. Before hitting the treadmill today, the 47-year-old had tea with his wife and 16-year-old son, did a conference call with AAP workers and went through the news brief prepared by his media manager.

Soon it’s nine o’clock and the minister meets a few schoolteachers who have come to tell him their grievances. “Take photos of these and send them to me on WhatsApp,” he tells an assistant, passing him a set of ­papers that the teachers gave him. A few minutes later, his car is speeding on a Delhi road. Clad in a maroon linen shirt, beige pants and sandals, he is constantly looking at his phone and intermittently asking his personal assistant to dial...

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