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Arvind KejriwalThe Aam Aadmi Party today announced its new National Executive (NE), the party’s second-highest decision making body, with 17 new names which include seven women, a departure from the past when it had no female representation.

The 25-member restructured body also has several names from Punjab, which is going to polls in 2017, the party’s next big focus in the electoral arena. Apart from them, five state conveners became ex-officio members of NE.

The members include party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh, Gopal Rai, Pankaj Gupta, Ashutosh and Kumar Vishwas.

The new entrants are Yamini Gomar, Rajendra Pal Gautam, Preeti Sharma Menon, Durgesh Pathak, Bhagwant Mann, Kanu Bhai Kalsaria, Harjot Bains, Baljinder Kaur, Raghav Chadha, Ashish Talwar, Atishi Marlena, Sadhu Singh, Dinesh Vaghela, Meera Sanyal, Bhawna Gaur, Rakhi Birla, Imran Hussain and Amanatullah Khan.

The NE has undergone a major change over the last one-year due to a spate of expulsions and resignations which began with the fallout of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan with the party’s top leadership.

Yadav and Bhushan were shown the door over allegations of anti-party activities.