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Arvind Kejriwal to take oath as Delhi CM on Saturday, says no rift in party

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 - 8:57am IST Updated: Wednesday, 25 December 2013 - 3:11pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI
Kejriwal had yesterday finalised his team of ministers that includes his trusted associate Manish Sisodia and five others.

Arvind Kejriwal, who led Aam Admi Party to a spectacular victory in the assembly polls ending Congress' 15-year rule, will take oath as Delhi's seventh Chief Minister on Saturday at historic Ramlila Maidan, the venue of Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement.

A Magsaysay award winner, 45-year-old Kejriwal and six other AAP MLAs will be sworn-in in a public ceremony at 12 PM to which Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi, Santosh Hegde and all those associated with the anti-corruption movement will be invited.

The date for the swearing-in ceremony was finalised at a meeting Kejriwal held with Chief Secretary D M Spolia.

The cabinet ministers to take oath along with Kejriwal are Manish Sisodia, Rakhi Birla, Somnath Bharti, Saurabh Bhardwaj, Girish Soni and Satendra Jain.

Born in Haryana and a resident of Kausambi in nearby Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh, the IIT-Kharagpur graduate in Mechanical Engineering, had defeated three-time Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit in New Delhi constituency by a huge margin of over 25,000 votes.

Earlier, talking to media, Kejriwal denied having any rift within the party on the issue of cabinet berths.

Kejriwal asserted that AAP has not firmed up an alliance with Congress as the support given by it was based on its 18-point agenda. There has been dissenting voices in Congreess over support to AAP.

He indicated that a number of announcements will be made on fulfilling key promises of the party like cutting power tariff and ordering auditing of the private power distribution companies immediately after assuming charge.

A day after Laxmi Nagar MLA Binny, a ministerial aspirant, walked out of a meeting at Kejriwal's house after coming to know that he was not among the probable ministers, Kejriwal said the legislator was not interested in a ministerial berth.

"Binny came to me last evening. He told me he does not want a ministerial berth and that he was here for a mission.
Binny said he has conveyed to the media that he was not upset," said Kejriwal.


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