'Will work for everyone': Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as Delhi chief minister for third time
Arvind Kejriwal, who took oath as Delhi chief minister for the third successive time on Sunday, said he wants to work in coordination with the Centre and also sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's blessings for smooth governance of the national capital.
Kejriwal said as the elections are over, the politics is also over and he has "forgiven" his opponents for the remarks they made during the poll campaign. Referring himself as Delhi's "son", he said this is not his victory but of every single Delhiite.
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He said Delhi has witnessed a new kind of politics with "politics of good roads, mohalla clinics and the politics of 21st century India". "It does not matter who you voted for in the elections. You all are part of my family," he said. Before Delhi polls, Kejriwal was called "Natwarlal" and "terrorist" by opposition leaders. He was also accused of providing freebies to people of Delhi and biryani to Shaheen Bagh protestors.
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Kejriwal said he did not give step-motherly treatment to anyone and has worked for all in the last five years. "In the last five years, we have tried to develop Delhi in a fast mode and in the next five years, we will continue the same. "In the recent elections, some people voted for the AAP, and some for the BJP and the Congress... From today itself, I am the chief minister of all," he said. Meanwhile, Manish Sisodia, who holds the number two position in the Delhi government as well as its purse strings, took oath as a minister in the new Arvind Kejriwal-led cabinet for the third time. Sisodia (48) is known to be Kejriwal's close confidante and has come a long way to emerge as a prominent figure in Delhi's political landscape. He is also credited with spearheading the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) education agenda.
The 'Little Mufflerman', the young boy who took social media by storm as the mini version of Arvind Kejriwal, was the centre of attraction at the AAP chief's swearing-in as Delhi Chief Minister on Sunday.
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Many people, including party lawmaker Bhagwant Mann, were seen shaking hands with the boy and taking pictures with him as Kejriwal took oath as the national capital's chief minister for the third time.
The young boy was officially invited by AAP to take part in the oath-taking ceremony. The 'Little Mufflerman' had taken Twitter by storm on counting day as the AAP emerged victorious in the Delhi Assembly elections. AAP's Twitter handle had shared the image of the young boy dressed up as Chief Minister Kejriwal, with a cap bearing the party's symbol, a v-neck maroon sweater and of course a muffler wrapped around his head. The boy also wore spectacles similar to the AAP chief's and even sported a fake mustache as he pointed towards the sky.
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Manish Sisodia, Satyender Jain, Gopal Rai, Kailash Gehlot, Imran Hussain, and Rajendra Gautama were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. All the six served as ministers under Kejriwal's previous government.
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Meanwhile, despite the fact that AAP managed to clean sweep in the recently-concluded 2020 Delhi Assembly polls with eight women candidates winning, Kejriwal's new cabinet does not have a single woman. This, even as eight AAP women candidates -- Atishi Marlena, Rakhi Birla, Raj Kumari Dhillon, Preeti Tomar, Dhanwati Chandela, Parmila Tokas, Bhavna Gaur and Bandana Kumari emerged victorious in the 2020 Assembly polls.
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AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal took oath as the chief minister of Delhi for the third consecutive time on Sunday at the city's Ramlila Maidan where a multi-level security arrangement was put in place. Taking to Twitter on Sunday morning, Kejriwal urged Delhiites to attend his oath-taking ceremony to bless "their son". Besides the AAP chief, his cabinet colleagues - Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Satyendar Jain, Kailash Gahlot, Imran Hussain and Rajendra Pal Gautam also took oath. The Aam Aadmi Party invited 50 people from different walks of life, who have contributed to Delhi's "nirman", to share the stage with Kejriwal during his swearing-in ceremony.