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Arvind Kejriwal will be Delhi CM, set to take oath on December 26

Monday, 23 December 2013 - 10:39am IST Updated: Monday, 23 December 2013 - 10:54pm IST | Agency: DNA Web TeamAgencies
For years he slogged among the poorest of the poor in the national capital but remained a largely unknown entity. Arvind Kejriwal, who catapulted to fame when Anna Hazare fasted here for 12 days in 2011, is now set to be Delhi's chief minister.

* Arvind Kejriwal today requested Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to allow him to take oath on December 26 at Ramlila Maidan, from where the anti-corruption movement had started.

* Senior Congress leader and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said it is a misconception of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that the Congress is going give them unconditional support, and added that her party will only provide support from outside. Read more

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* Arvind Kejriwal: I have handed over the letter to Lt Governor stating that we are ready to form govt in Delhi. Read more

* As soon as President orders it, date for oath ceremony will be fixed. Oath will be taken at Ram Lila Maidan: Arvind Kejriwal

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* Kejriwal's swearing-in ceremony to be held on December 26: TV reports

* AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal meets Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on government formation in Delhi.

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* BJP didn't form the govt because we didn't have the numbers. It's up to them (AAP) if they want to form govt with corrupt Congress: Harsh Vardhan.

* Arvind Kejriwal has compromised on his principles to form government. This is a betrayal to Delhi, says BJP leader Harsh Vardhan. Read more

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* Fulfil promises, Sheila Dikshit tells Aam Aadmi Party

 

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* Kejriwal will be the new Delhi Chief Minister: AAP leader Manish Sisodia. Read more

* If the Lt Governor permits, oath-taking will take place at Jantar Mantar: Sisodia.

* Going to meet Lieutenant Governor at 12.30 pm. Will tell him AAP is ready to form government in New Delhi. Read more

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* AAP addresses media in Delhi.

* Aam Aadmi Party to announce its decision on formation of government shortly.

Aam Aadmi Party's Political Affairs Committee began a meeting on Monday to discuss public opinion on whether to form government in Delhi or not.

The meeting is being attended by all AAP leaders including Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Dr Kumar Viswas.

The AAP chief is likely to hold a press conference to announce his party's decision on the issue of government formation in Delhi.

Kejriwal will also meet Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung in the afternoon to inform him the party's stand on government formation in Delhi.

While speculations over AAP's final decisions continue to float, Kejriwal's meeting with the Lt Governor hints that his party will most likely stake claim to form government in Delhi with Congress support.

Meanwhile, party spokesperson Ashwathi Muralidharan said, “Majority of the feedback we have received is 'yes',”.

According to reports, the party has got responses from over 6.5 lakh people through SMSes, Facebook, AAP web site and interactive voice response (IVR).

Senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia has said that the final decision would be taken on Monday morning.

“I can't say now if we will indeed form a government. We still need to hold a few meetings. The final decision will be taken only on Monday," he said on Sunday.

Kejriwal on Sunday had said that “a major announcement” would be made on Monday.

The party said that the activist-turned-politician would meet the media on Monday before meeting Jung.

After winning a staggering 28 seats in Delhi in the assembly elections, the AAP leadership had categorically refused to form an alliance with the Congress, which  had agreed to support the AAP to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at bay.

The BJP 31 seats had decided not to form a government after falling short of the half-way mark by five.

With BJP refusing to form the government, the Lt. Governor invited AAP to form a government. However, Kejriwal had then said that he was indecisive on whether to form government with the help of Congress.

On December 17, Kejriwal made an announcement that he would seek public opinion on the matter. The AAP's 'yes' or 'no' campaign ended Sunday midnight.

 

Meanwhile, AAP's move has drawn interesting reactions from across party lines:

 

 


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