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Wishes pour in for new Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal as doubts about AAP-Congress alliance are raised

Saturday, 28 December 2013 - 11:42am IST Updated: Saturday, 28 December 2013 - 7:50pm IST | Agency: dna webdesk

It is a day that will make it to history books as Aam Aadmi Party leader Kejriwal, a political novice becomes Delhi's youngest chief minister.
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In Delhi huge crowds of people gathered at the Ramlila Maidan to watch Arvind Kejriwal being sworn in as the seventh chief minister of Delhi.

After a lot of confusion due to the hung verdict in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party has stepped up with support from the Congress to form a government in Delhi.

As the youngest CM of Delhi, a political novice and the leader of a minority government, Kejriwal faces many challenges. But the new Delhi CM looks set to prove everyone wrong like he did in the polls where he managed to defeat Shiela Dikshit in a constituency from which she won multiple times.

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Here are live updates from Delhi:

* Harshvardhan congratulates Arvind Kejriwal; doubts alliance with Congress will last Read

* Siwani celebrates Arvind Kejriwal's rise as son of the soil becomes Delhi CM Read

* BJP to watch how early Arvind Kejriwal fulfills promises Read

* Manmohan Singh calls up Arvind Kejriwal to extend best wishes and support as he undertakes new responsibilities as Delhi Chief Minister.

* AAP to lead the country to fundamental change: Prashant Bhushan Read full report

* No PSO and escort vehicle to be provided to officials.

* Security to be allowed based on threat perception, Delhi cabinet decides.

* No ministers and officials in Delhi Govt will use red beacon, as per decision of first meeting of cabinet presided over by Arvind Kejriwal.

* "Till now dishonest officers were rewarded and honest officers sidelined. No opposite will happen. Bureaucracy seems a bit worried. We are not here to do witch hunting. Honesty will be rewarded, " says Arvind Kejriwal after meeting state officials.

* Arvind Kejriwal to meet Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi.

* Arvind Kejriwal to Delhi citizens: Work together to end regime of corruption Read

* Arvind Kejriwal's alma mater celebrates as he becomes CM of Delhi Read


* Anna Hazare confident that Arvind Kejriwal will do good work Read

* Saurabh Bhardwaj - The ministries of transport, food supply and environment have been given to him. Read profile

* Somnath Bharti - He will look after administrative reforms, law, tourism, art and culture ministries. Read full profile

* Satyendra Jain - He would be looking after the ministries of health, industries and gurdwara elections. Read his full profile

* Rakhi Birla - The youngest member of the cabinet, Birla will be handling women and child development, social welfare and languages. She has also been given charge of making special arrangements to ensure women's safety in the national capital. Read full profile

*  Girish Soni - He will be looking after the ministries of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, employment, development and labour. Read profile

* Manish Sisodia - Kejriwal's right-hand man will look after education, higher education, Public Works Department, urban development and local bodies. Read profile

* Arvind Kejriwal - The chief minister will be handling the ministries of home, power, planning, higher education, finance, services and vigilance.

* I am going to meet transport, IGL, Jal board, et al. We shall keep you updated with all progress: Arvind Kejriwal.

* Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to hold first cabinet meeting at 2:30 pm.

* Our fight not over till India is corruption-free: Arvind Kejriwal Read full report



* Arvind Kejriwal and ministers are in a closed-door meeting; more meetings to follow with bureaucrats, transport union.

* Arvind Kejriwal reaches Delhi Secretariat, takes charge as CM.

* Anna Hazare congratulates Arvind Kejriwal and others on forming government in Delhi.

* After the ceremony, Kejriwal visits Mahatma Gandhi's memorial Rajghat to pay homage. Read

* Kejriwal also sang a song that pleaded for brotherhood and harmony as the party's message and prayer. Read

* Arvind Kejriwal leads an oath joined by the crowd, promising to never give or take a bribe.

* In the last two years a great change has come in India, it is a big miracle, a change is sweeping the country. I believe in the next five years India will once again become a 'Golden Sparrow'. We will give you a phone number in some days. Do not refuse to give a bribe but help us catch the guilty, concluded Kejriwal.

12:33: In the last two years, we've tried everything - protests, fasts, demonstrations. But we realised that we cannot change anything unless we join politics. Annaji used to tell me often that politics is dirty, and i would explain to him that the time has come for us to enter this dirty world and clean it up. Today, a lot of the problems that our country faces is because of dirty politics. Our education, hospitals, roads are bad because of our bad politics.

* "We came here to serve and we will go to our constituencies and serve the common man of whom we are a part. The path to truth is not a bed of roses but filled with thorns but we are ready for all the challenges and will govern Delhi. We have a big responsibility and a lot of expectations from the people of Delhi and it frightens me but I pray to god. I ask god to help us to do our duty. I know Dr Harshvardhan, he is a nice man but I can't say the same about his party. In the next election with a large majority the people will help the Aam Aadmi Party win," Kejriwal also said. Read

* "Do not have solution to all the problems. Don't have a magic wand. 1.5 crore people will work together for a better Delhi. Anna told me many time that politics is muck and we should stay away. But I said we should go in and change it. We have all stepped out to clean this politics and for the past 2 years we have been fighting and have lost Santosh Koli. We need to show the country that if everyone unites we can free this country of corruption and poverty. I plead with folded hands to all my ministers and workers, please do not become proud," added Kejriwal.

12:35: "In our fight, we lost a dear member, Santosh Koli. Today, if Santosh Koli, wherever she is or if she is listening or watching, she will be happy that her fight didn't go waste, that the people of Delhi have reposed faith in the party," said Kejriwal.

12:25: "I thank God, Allah, Wahe Guru for this victory, for this miracle. Two years ago, we couldn't have thought that the aam aadmi's would break the shackles of corruption, fight an election and come to power. This is not short of a miracle. And it hasn't happened because of us. Yeh kudrati karishma hai aur main Ishwar ka dhanywad karta hoon, Allah ko shukriya kehta hoon," said Arvind Kejriwal. Read

12:21: "Greetings to lall my brothers and sisters. Today is a historic day. We've just taken the oath. But it is not Arvind Kejriwal and six others who have taken the oath. The oath has been taken by each and every member of the public. Aaj aam aadmi ki jeet hui hai. The people of Delhi have shown that it is possible to contest and win elections without corruption. My heartiest congratulations to all of them. This is a big victory for the people of Delhi," said Arvind Kejriwal.

12:19: In his first speech as CM, Kejriwal says, "I request you not to beak the barricades, the police here is facing trouble on that account. Please co-operate."

* It was the culmination of a momentous campaign for people's rights that was mounted by Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that was formed just a year ago and that rode to power in a major electoral upset this month.

12:12: Girish Soni now taking oath.

12:10 Rakhi Birla precedes her oath with chants of 'Bharat mata ki jai, Vande mataram'

* Kiran Bedi tweets,

* In all ruling chief minister of India, Kejriwal is the fourth youngest after Hemant Soren (Jharkhand), Akhilesh Yadav (UP) and Omar Abdullah (J&K). Interestingly, Kejriwal's age is far above the national average age of all CMs in India, which stands at 60.96. 

* Being a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Kejriwal has now joined the league of well educated CMs like Manmohar Parrikar, Omar Abdullah, Prithviraj Chavan and Akhilesh Yadav.

12:05 Somnath Bharti takes oath.

* Manish Sisodia now takes his oath.

12 noon: Kejriwal starts taking oath.

* Arvind Kejriwal recites his oath as he is sworn-in as Delhi's seventh CM.

* Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kejriwal and six other ministers at the Ramlila Maidan.

* Wearing his aam aadmi cap, a blue sweater and a shirt, Arvind Kejriwal goes on stage accompanied by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and Manish Sisodia with five more to the cheer of the crowd. Read story

* Before boarding the train, Kejriwal said, "It is a beginning. The second fight for independence. Till this country gets freedom from corruption, famine and injustice, this fight will continue. It is the victory of the common man," Kejriwal said.

*Kejriwal's cabinet colleague Manish Sisodia was at the station along with his wife Seema Sisodia and their 12-year-old son Mir.

"I am happy, it is a historic moment for us and I am confident that he (Kejriwal) will perform his responsibilities well," said Seema.

* Sisodia's farther Dharampal Singh, an ex-serviceman, and currently a teacher will also attend the swearing-in ceremony.

* Apart from Kejriwal, his farther Govind Ram Kejriwal, mother Geeta Devi, wife Sunita, daughter Harshita and son Pulkit would also witness the ceremony.

* Some of the people who had gathered at Kejriwal's residence had got bouquets shaped like AAP's symbol broom. One of the onlookers gathered at the scene was dressed like a groom.

11:50am: Kejriwal and 6 other AAP MLAs arrive at Ramlila maidan.

11:30 am Manisha Sisodia and 5 others shuttle from Barakhamba metro station to Ramlila maidan in a Tata Aria SUV

11:30am: Kejriwal expected to take a shuttle from Barakhamba metro station to Ramlila maidan

11:27am: DMRC stops train carrying Kejriwal ar Barakhamba station for a longer duration so the leaders can alight

11:25am: Massive crowds greet Kejriwal and his MLAs at Barakhamba metro station; difficult for Kejriwal to alight

11:05am: Train from Kaushambi with Arvind Kejriwal and 6 other AAP MLAs makes its way to Barakhamba metro station

11:00am: The sea of supporters swells at Kaushambi metro station; thousands of people have turned up at the metro station

10:50am: Chants of 'bhrastachar ka ek hi kaal, kejriwal kejriwal,' resonate at Kaushambi metro station.

10:45am: On Zee's Operation Sarkar, Somnath Bharti says, "It is their (Congress') conscience. As far as we are concerned, we will remain committed to people."

10:30am: No police personnel at Kaushambi metro station. Security being handled by CISF staff

10:30am: Six Aam Aadmi Party MLAs — Manish Sisodia, 41, Rakhi Birla, 26, former lawyers Saurabh Bharadwaj, 34, and Somnath Bharti, 39, architect Satyendra Jain, 49, and businessman Girish Soni, 49 — will board the metro train with CM-designate Arvind Kejriwal from Kaushambi metro station

* Many people at Ramlila Maidan as the grounds are almost full with people who have come to see Arvind Kejriwal's historic swearing-in ceremony.

Photo by Mayank Aggarwal

* I have Anna's best wishes, says Arvind Kejriwal Read story

* A large number of people have gathered at the Kausambi Metro station to see Kejriwal.

* Kejriwal had said yesterday that he will take the metro to Ramlila Maidan to take oath as the Delhi Chief Minister.

* Security was beefed up at the Kausambi Metro Station in view of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal's decision to take the metro to Ramlila Maidan from here to take oath as the Delhi Chief Minister. Read full story

* Kejriwal along with Manish Sisodia and other AAP supporters will take the train from Kausambi Metro Station around 11 am.

* Additional security personnel from CISF have been deployed at the station. Besides, Uttar Pradesh Police personnel have also been deployed around Kausambi Metro Station.

* High-level meetings are going on in which CISF are constantly reviewing arrangements at the station.

* Kejriwal will get off THE train at Rajiv Chowk Metro station from he will take the Barakambha-bound metro.




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