India: Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as Delhi chief minister; keeps crucial home, power, finance ministries

28th Dec 2013

New Delhi, (Hindustan Times): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal sought the help of commoners to root out corruption after he was sworn in as the seventh chief minister of Delhi at a packed Ramlila Maidan on Saturday.

After the oath-taking ceremony, he addressed the crowd. “Today, every Delhi resident has been sworn in as a minister. The fight was not about making Arvind Kejriwal the CM. It was about giving power to the people. If we come together, we will be able to defeat corruption.”

Kejriwal, who had at first shot cleared the IIT entrance examination, the UPSC and now, formed a government, added, “We will give Delhi residents a (phone) number in two days so that they can lodge complaints against officials taking bribe.”

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal took a metro from Kaushambi station around 11:00am to reach Barakhamba. From there, he reached the swearing-in venue in a car. True to his Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP’s) anti-VIP culture, Kejriwal on Monday had turned down ‘Z’ category security.

The choice of the venue, Ramlila Maidan, was symbolic and a reminder to people that the AAP and Kejriwal were staying the course. An anti-corruption movement by social activist Anna Hazare and Kejriwal launched at this very ground in the heart of Delhi in 2011 had forced Parliament to commit to an anti-corruption watchdog. The two have fallen out since, but on Saturday, Hazare sent his best wishes to his protégé.

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