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Kejriwal takes oath as Chief Minister, promises clean government of the common man
December 28, 2013, 11:42 am

Accompanied with stark symbolism and his style of functioning, leader Arvind Kejriwal was today sworn as the new chief Minister of Delhi, eighteen months after he floated his own political formation by the name of Aam Aadmi Party.

Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung administered the oath of office and Secrecy to Kejriwal and his new ministers

Bespectacled 45 year old Kejriwal rode a Delhi metro to reach the venue Ram Lila Maidan which two years ago was the battleground for the Lok Pal agitation launched by Anna Hazare

Wearing his trademark white cap, Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in as the chief minister of Delhi, as thousands of people cheered for him

The bespectacled 45-year-old rode the metro and then his small car Wagon R to the ceremony.  His decision to use public transport echoes his pre-poll promise to end the VIP culture of Delhi's political elite and set a down-to-earth tone for his new administration.

"This is the fight for independence from corruption, hunger and poverty," he said this morning as he left his house. "It is the common man's victory. Action will start as soon as we take the oath."

Mr Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party made a stunning electoral debut, winning 28 assembly seats in recent state polls and delivering a stinging defeat to the Congress party. 

The rookie party's symbol is a broom -- to underline its commitment to sweeping away India's culture of bribery and corruption that has become endemic in politics and in daily life.

Unlike his predecessors, Mr Kejriwal has said he and his ministers will not occupy the sprawling bungalows surrounded by lush lawns in Delhi.

He plans to keep living in his fourth-storey flat in the Delhi suburb of Ghaziabad and has declined police protection.

After the swearing in, Kejriwal said that it is not him or his council of ministers that took oath but every citizen of Delhi has today taken the oath.  “We have shown that election cane be fought honestly and so the government can run in that direction”

Describing his victory as divine ordinance, Kejriwal thanked God for his victory. “The fight has begun to cleanse the citizens and I know that we do  not have magic wand to solve the contentious issue but if we have the support of people of Delhi it is possible”/

Behind Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Rakhi Birla, Saurabh Bhardwaj, Satyendra Kumar Jain, Somnath Bharti and Girish Soni took oath as ministers.

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