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Elderly gather to witness Arvind Kejriwal take oath as Delhi CM

Saturday, 28 December 2013 - 5:24pm IST | Agency: PTI

Eighty-year-old Maduli Devi Joshi could not contain her emotions as she emerged from Arvind Kejriwal's swearing in ceremony with eyes welling up with tears, saying today she felt real empowerment of having selected a government of the common man.

"Never before have I felt such happiness which I felt today. I am feeling empowered and it is all because of Kejriwal. He is a tough man and he will make it through," Joshi, a resident of Burari said as she emerged from Ramlila ground with her son and daughter-in law.

Like Joshi many elderly and differently-abled people soon turned up in large numbers along with others to witness Kejriwal taking oath as the Chief Minister of Delhi.

67-year-old Shubh Chandra Jha who lost one of his leg to cancer in 1989, was one among the many who reached the venue much ahead of time.

Jha reached Jhandewala by bus and walked down to the Ramlila grounds.

"I reached at around 10 AM to witness my favourite leader becoming the Chief Minister," he said emanating confidence.

When asked if Kejriwal will stand up to his promises, Jha said, "we don't care. We are ready to give him as much time and support he needs."

82-year-old Vinod Kumar who is visually impaired, had come with his son and neighbours to hear Kejriwal's speech.

As Kejriwal took oath and gave his speech, he heard him with full attention with a broad grin on his face.

Coming out of the venue, Kumar was humming the song with which Kejriwal had ended his speech.

"Have you ever heard of a Chief Minister singing a song in public. Hearing him was such a divine experience. His intentions are right and God will guide him. We all are with him," he said.

Kriparam Sharma, 86, had come all the way from Uttar Pradesh to witness the historic moment with his son and brother.

His son said, "My father is old but he still insisted on coming to attend Kejriwal's swearing in ceremony. I got enthused seeing his spirit."

85-year-old Vikas Nath, a resident of Shahdara who walked out of the crowd after the ceremony was in high spirits. When asked what if the Government falls after six days failing to prove their majority in the assembly he enthusiastically replied, "Let Congress withdraw their support, their true face will come out in the open. Next time when there will be elections, AAP will win with majority."

Doodhiram Chaudhary from Pali in Rajasthan and 75-year-old Maya Devi from Bhiwani in Haryana despite being unwell had also come all the way to be a part of the oath taking ceremony. 

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