New Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal was today sworn in as Delhi Chief Minister along with six ministers at the Ramlila Maidan.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today pledged to make Delhi the country’s first corruption-free city and urged his party colleagues never to be arrogant.
Kejriwal warned party members against letting arrogance go to their head and said that AAP faced disastrous results in Lok Sabha results because of this.
“We became overambitious in Lok Sabha elections. And, that is why public taught a lesson”, said Kejriwal.
This is the second time that Arvind Kejriwal has taken charge of Delhi. He became chief minister for the first time in December 2013 but resigned after just 49 days — on the same day last year.
Kejriwal said that he will put an end the VIP culture in Delhi. He added that in his 49 days of governance, he leant that there is no dearth of money in government but what is missing was the lack of intention.
“For full 5 years, I will be in Delhi and serve the people of Delhi”, said Kejriwal.
Addressing thousands at the Ramlila Maidan after taking oath as chief minister, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader pressed the need to make Delhi a full state.
In his second stint as chief minister, the 46-year-old struck a pragmatic note, saying he will periodically consult leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress on ways to develop Delhi.
The tens of thousands packing the sprawling ground in the heart of the capital cheered him when he first took the oath of office and secrecy, followed by six ministers, and then addressed them.
“After our (earlier) 49 days in office, now we have the confidence that we will finish off corruption in Delhi,” he said to loud cheers. “We have to make Delhi the first corruption-free city in India. We can do it.”
He repeatedly urged his ministers, legislators and AAP colleagues never to show even the slightest hint of arrogance as members of the ruling party, saying it was arrogance which had destroyed the Congress and the BJP.
“We will have to constantly introspect… If arrogance creeps in, we will not be able to fulfil our mission.”
Kejriwal, who has been suffering from fever for some days, clearly sounded unwell. He said in his speech that he had come to the venue after taking Crocin.
He decried statements made by some AAP leaders that after the sensational victory in Delhi, the party would now expand rapidly in other states.
This too, he said, smacked of arrogance.
“God has ordered us, the people of Delhi have ordered us to serve them… All the coming five years I will serve only the people of Delhi.”
He said that although Delhi Police did not come under his control, he had the confidence that with its help his government would be able to make Delhi a secure city for people of all religions and communities.
He said he told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the AAP stood for “constructive cooperation” with the central government and that it was high time Delhi got full statehood.
Kejriwal said he had high regards for Kiran Bedi, who was the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate and who lost the election.
“She is like my elder sister. She has a lot of administrative experience… We will take her along with us. We will take her guidance from time to time.”
He said he would also periodically seek guidance from Ajay Maken, who led the Congress in the election, in view of his experience as a central minister on how to develop Delhi.(Source- www.newsroompost.com)