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Why Arvind Kejriwal made Kapil Mishra in charge of election campaign in Gujarat?
Immediately after returning from 10 days Vipasana break, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal announced that he would be handling the state affairs of Punjab for the party; Manish Sisodia and Satyendra Jain will handle Goa and Kapil Mishra along with Ashutosh will handle Gujarat.

Why 35 years old, young cabinet minister of Delhi, Kapil Mishra has been given charge of Gujarat?

Kapil Mishra is working with Arvind Kejriwal since his college days when Parivartan was carrying out RTI movement aggressively and Mishra was studying at Delhi School of Social Work.

Even when Arvind Kejriwal was contesting from Varanasi against Narendra Modi, Mishra was incharge of one of the five assembly constituencies in Varanasi. Kapil Mishra was given responsibility of South Banaras which is a strong hold of RSS as most of the religious centers and temples including Kashi Vishwanath temple are part of the constituency.

Kapil Mishra is one of the very few leaders in AAP who openly takes soft Hindutva and right of the center approach in politics. He has not only started Yamuna Aarti in Delhi but under his ministry a grand Saraswati Puja at the heart of the city in Connaught Place had also been organised.

A sharp observer of timing in politics, Mishra was the first one to invite Ghulam Ali to perform in Delhi when Shiv Sena forced him to cancel his concert in Mumbai and next morning people saw him sitting and having tea with Ghulam Ali.

Similarly, when some so called RSS members stopped an Urdu wall painting in Shahdara area of Delhi, which again is a stronghold of RSS, Mishra himself went there with media and did wall painting both in Urdu and Hindi.

He took an aggressive public stand against the central government's decision of sending all belongings of later former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam back to Rameshwaram after his death. He went all the way to Rameshwaram, brought his belongings back and ensured that Delhi has a Kalam Memorial ready even before the central government could lay the foundation stone in Rameshwaram.

He is the one who dared to question the central government's permission to a ISI-led team from Pakistan to investigate terror attack in Pathankot. Kapil Mishra went to Pathankot to protest against the ISI delegation. He has also joined NIT Srinagar students in their fight for hoisting national flag in their campus.

Kapil Mishra headed Delhi Jal Board department has filed four FIRs against Shiela Dikshit in corruption cases, highest by any department or ministry.

Mishra is a good orator, strategist, perfect timer of political opportunities and someone who knows what hurts the enemy most. In Arvind Kejriwal camp, Mishra is known as someone who delivers.

Gujarat is definitely one of the most important battle for AAP and most challenging assignment for Kapil Mishra.

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