On Day 1 in Assembly, Arvind Kejriwal Looks to Fix Past Mistakes, Keep Promises

NEW DELHI(WEB TEAM): Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s first day in the Delhi Assembly today will serve to obliterate the memory of a tumultuous last day a year ago, when he had resigned amid high drama after 49 days in office.

On Day 1 in Assembly, Arvind Kejriwal Looks to Fix Past Mistakes, Keep Promises

The contrast could not be more stark. On February 14 last year, Mr Kejriwal had resigned as he did not have the numbers in the House to push through an anti-corruption Bill.

Today, on the first day of a two-day special session, Mr Kejriwal and 66 other legislators of his Aam Aadmi Party were sworn in. AAP lawmaker Ram Niwas Goyal was elected the Speaker.

There is much interest in whether the AAP government will give the BJP the post of Leader of Opposition. A party needs 10 per cent of the House strength to qualify for leader of opposition. The BJP would need 7 in the Delhi assembly. It has three, but the AAP has said it would give the BJP ‘Leader of Opposition’ status in the Delhi assembly even if it fell short of the numbers needed to qualify for the post.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung will also address the House.

Sources said that the AAP government would straight away get down to discussing its poll promises like cheaper power and free water.

It has to be seen whether the AAP government will give the Leader of Opposition’s post to BJP, which only has three MLAs.