New Delhi(PTI/IANS/ANI):AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal to take oath on Saturday at the historic Ramlila Ground as the eighth Chief Minister of Delhi. Exactly one year after he quit over the Jan Lokpal issue, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal took oath on Saturday at the historic Ramlila Ground as the eighth Chief Minister of Delhi, after leading AAP to a stupendous victory in the assembly polls trouncing BJP.
Aam Aadmi Party senior took oath as cabinet ministers.
Arvind Kejriwal in his speech after taking oath said, “I knew people of Delhi love me, but didnt know they love me so much. We have come to power again, God has given us a full majority this time unlike the last time. When the results came, it felt like it was raining seats for us.”
“People from every sect, religion, rich, poor everyone voted. God is trying to tell us something,” Kejriwal added.
He reflected upon AAP’s defeat in Lok Sabha elections and his current victory. He said that the cause for AAP’s huge loss during last year’s Lok Sabha polls was due to ‘arrogance’ of fighting elections from many states.
“… we all workers, ministers, supporters need to keep ourselves in check & never be egoistic. AAP workers have been saying they will contest polls from elsewhere now, it is not good. We will have to be careful not to allow ‘ahankar’ (arrogance) to come in us because of huge mandate.
“Why did Congress and BJP lose? Because they became arrogant. It was due to our arrogance that we were overambitious in the Lok Sabha elections, we were taught a lesson,” Kejriwal said.
He said AAP will be focusing on Delhi for the next years. “I have decided, God has given me a direction, Delhi people gave me love.
He also said that Some doctors said ppl with topis came to hospital & did gundagardi, I dont expect our workers to do this
Delhi Police doesn’t come under Delhi govt but will work in cooperation, people of all religions will be safe.
We want to make a Delhi where everyone feels safe no matter what religion they follow, will work with the police.
Some churches have been attacked. Delhi people wont tolerate this. We celebrate all festivals together & we want to go forward together
When we raised slogans for Lokpal, had a little doubt in our hearts if whether corruption can actually be eradicated from Delhi
We will make Delhi the first corruption free place in India. If anyone asks for a bribe, dont say no. Record the entire thing and bring it to me & we shall take action.
We will restart the anti-corruption phone line that we had started:
I request the media, they keep asking me 24 hours 36 hours will you deliver, my appeal cant work like that. I request media to not ask me a timeline for the work I want to do. Other parties could not do it in years, but we will work 24 hours.
We will work 24 hours if necessary, I have fever, had Crocin and come here. Will work hard to deliver as soon as possible:
Kejriwal taking oath as the chief minister.
Kejriwal taking oath as the chief minister.
Asim Ahmed Khan takes oath as a Cabinet minister at Ramleela Maidaan
AAP members Sanjeev Kumar and Satyendar Jain took oath as members of Cabinet in Kejriwal’s government
Gopal Rai took oath as Cabinet minister
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kiran Bedi on Saturday said that it was a day of celebration and reflection.
Kejriwal with Team AAP have reached the venue. Lt Gen Najeeb Jung too has reached Ramlila Ground for swearing-in ceremony.
Gul Panag,AAP member said, “Thankful to the people that they showed their faith in our party, I am confident we will be able to fulfil all our promises
Kejriwal’s close confidant Manish Sisodia is likely to be sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister and another AAP leader Satyendra Jain may also make it for the second time. All others are first time MLAs -Jitendra Tomar, Gopal Rai, Sandeep Kumar and Asim Ahmed Khan- who are tipped to be part of the Kejriwal cabinet.
Satyendar Jain, who had handled the Health and Industry portfolios in the earlier AAP-led government, is expected to retain the same portfolio. Gopal Rai, a senior party leader and Political Affairs Committee member of AAP, is tipped be to the next Transport and Labour Minister. Sandeep Kumar, a lawyer by profession, is likely to handle Women and Child Welfare Department and SC and ST Welfare, while Jitender Singh Tomar, also a lawyer, is expected to handle the Law Department. Asim Ahmed Khan is likely to be given the charge of Food and Civil Supplies and Minority Affairs ministries.
Shahdara MLA Ramniwas Goel could be the Speaker of the Assembly while Bandana Kumari, from Shalimar Bag constituency, will be Deputy Speaker, AAP sources said.
However, according to News channel reports, Kejriwal has been unwell and running a fever. Kejriwal and his family have left for the venue
Kejriwal is expected to keep the key portfolios of Home, Power and Finance with himself, while giving Education, PWD and Urban Development to his confidante Manish Sisodia, who will also be the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi.
46-year-old Kejriwal, in a radio message, has already invited people of Delhi to his swearing in ceremony at the Ramlila ground –the protest venue of the anti-graft campaign over three years ago. North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), which had started preparations for the oath ceremony two days back, today gave final touches to the arrangements at the venue in Central Delhi.
The municipal officials said preparations for the event were near complete. Around 1,200 Delhi Police personnel will keep a tight vigil at the venue where a large crowd is expected to gather.
Picture story: Preparations at Ramlila Maidan for Arvind Kejriwal’s oath taking ceremony
The Security Wing will secure the stage where Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Kejriwal and five other Ministers. Kejriwal is expected to unveil his priorities for the government after taking oath.
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He has already asked Chief Secretary DM Spolia to start work on a roadmap to implement AAP’s 70-point election manifesto.
Sources in the government said Chief Secretary Spolia has directed all the departments to prepare separate roadmaps to implement AAP’s 70-point manifesto and they are making specific presentations to be made before the new Chief Minister.
The AAP’s manifesto includes 50% cut in power tariff, free Wi-Fi across the city, installation of 10-15 lakh CCTVs, building of two lakh public toilets across Delhi, setting up of 20 new colleges and regulating fees in private schools.
It also promised addition of 30,000 more beds in Delhi hospitals and creation of eight lakh new jobs in the next five years. Releasing the manifesto last month, Kejriwal had announced that an AAP government will slash electricity tariff by 50% and carry out a thorough audit of the private power distribution companies based on which rates will be revised.
Kejriwal had on Thursday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and invited him to the oath-taking ceremony but Modi expressed his inability to attend it as he has prior engagement in Maharashtra. The AAP Chief was accompanied by Sisodia.
The Prime Minister informed him that he will be out of Delhi on Saturday and will not be able to attend the ceremony, Sisodia told reporters after the meeting.
The AAP leader had on Wednesday invited Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu to the oath-taking ceremony in separate meetings Kejriwal had with them. All the seven MPs of Delhi have also been invited to the event.
With agency inputs