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Tens of thousands of Aam Aadmi Party supporters who had gathered at the sprawling ground in the heart of the capital since morning cheered loudly and waved AAP flags as Kejriwal took the oath of office and secrecy.Capping a momentous journey, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday took oath as the eighth Chief Minister of Delhi, promising to make Delhi the first corruption—free state and act against communal elements.
Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and five other ministers at the historic Ramlila Ground here, exactly an year after Kejriwal quit after a short 49—days regime.
Asim Ahmed Khan, Sandeep Kumar, Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai and Jitender Singh Tomar also took oath of office and secrecy at the ceremony as a large crowd cheered.
Immediately, after taking oath, the 46—year—old leader addressed the gathering and unveiled the priorities of his government which included steps against corruption, communal elements, VIP culture and assured Delhiites that his government will fight for full statehood for the national capital.
Warning his party leaders and workers against arrogance, he said this was the reason for the defeat of Congress and the BJP, which had received huge majority in Lok Sabha polls just nine months ago.
Terming the verdict as ‘miracle of God’, Kejriwal said, .
“I knew people of Delhi love me, but didn’t know they love me so much.”
The AAP had won 67 of the 70 seats in Delhi decimating Congress and leaving only three seats for the BJP.
Assuring people that his government will make Delhi .
“India’s first corruption—free state”, he said if somebody asks for bribe don’t refuse ‘setting ker lena’ (fix the deal) and video record it. Send the video footage to me. I will take action.”
1. Travels in a car
Unlike last time when he travelled in Metro to reach the Ramlila Maidan, Kejriwal this time arrived in a car at the venue.
2. No visit to Rajghat
Unlike 2013, Kejriwal did not stop by at Rajghat on his way to the secretariat after the ceremony. He said that he was not keeping well.
3. Kejriwal sings ‘Insaan ka insaan se ho bhaichara’
After giving his speech, Kejriwal sang the song: “Insaan ka insaan se ho bhaichara”. Last time too, he had sung the same song. Manna Dey had sung this song in movie “Paigam”.
Kejriwal ended his speech with “Vande Mataram”.
4. ‘AAP’ cola makes debut
People were seen sipping ‘AAP’ branded soft drinks being distributed at Ramlila Maidan.
5. BJP, Congress’s presence minimal
BJP and Congress leaders were conspicuous by their absence at the Ramlila Maidan. Kejriwal had invited PM Narendra Modi to attend his swearing-in ceremony. But, the PM had expressed his inability due to prior commitments.
6. Six others take oath
Along with Kejriwal, six ministers – Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Jain, Gopal Rai, Asim Mohammad Khan, Sandeep Kumar and Jitendra Singh Tomar – were also sworn in.
7. Kejriwal wishes Indian cricket team luck for World Cup
Kejriwal wished the Indian cricket team luck and expressed optimism that the defending champions would retain the cricket World Cup title they won in 2011.
“I wish the Indian team good luck and I am confident that they will bring back the Cup home,” Kejriwal said at Ramlila Maidan.
India begin their campaign in the tournament with a high-voltage clash against arch-rivals Pakistan in Adelaide tomorrow.
The World Cup kicked off today with a double header in Christchurch and Melbourne.
8. Kejriwal wants AAP to focus on Delhi
“I have been hearing on television that people are saying we will fight the elections here and there. I think that is not right. It shows ego. Why were the Congress and the BJP defeated? It was because of their arrogance,” he added.
“Last year, we had 28 seats, but maybe somewhere we also became arrogant and decided to fight the Lok Sabha elections. We should learn from it now. The people of Delhi have trusted me. I will live in Delhi for five years and try to fulfill my responsibility with all my might,” he further added.
9. Kejriwal says he wants to end VIP culture in Delhi
“We want to stop this VIP culture. Do you like it when a minister is travelling and roads are blocked and traffic jammed for an hour?
“I came to know in European countries, prime ministers are seen standing at bus stops. We need such type of culture. It will take time. But we will do it,” Kejriwal said, addressing thousands of AAP supporters at the sprawling Ramlila Maidan after taking oath as Delhi’s chief minister.
10. Will make Delhi corruption-free in five years, Kejriwal says
Speaking to tens and thousands of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporters at the Ramlila Maidan where he along with six others were sworn in, Kejriwal said: “I remember, during Anna (Hazare) agitation we asked for a corruption-free India. Even our opposition agreed that during our 49 days rule, we were able to end corruption in Delhi.
“Now, we are much more confident. We will make Delhi India’s first corruption free state,” Kejriwal said to thunderous applause.
(With inputs from agencies.)