New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal became the seventh person to be sworn in as the Delhi chief minister on Saturday at Ramlila Maidan in the national capital. He took oath as chief minister along with six other party leaders appointed as Cabinet ministers.
Around 50,000 people and party supporters from the neighbouring states attended the ceremony. Kejriwal said, “I thank each and everyone for coming here. Exactly one year ago on this day I had resigned. Now once again AAP is making a government. I did not know Delhi public loved me so much and gave me 67 seats.”
Lieutenant Governor Dr Najeeb Jung administered the oath of office to AAP Cabinet.
Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as Delhi Chief Minister, 6 other AAP MLAs sworn in as Cabinet ministers
Manish Sisodia, Asim Ahmed Khan, Sandeep Kumar, Satyendra Jain, Gopal Rai, Jitender Singh Tomar also sworn in as Delhi ministers.
Manish Sisodia, Asim Ahmed Khan, Sandeep Kumar, Satyendra Jain, Gopal Rai, Jitender Singh Tomar also sworn in as Delhi ministers. Kejriwal is expected to keep the key portfolios of home, power and finance with himself while giving education, Public Works Department and Urban Development to his confidante Sisodia, AAP sources said.
The departments to be handled by Kejriwal and Sisodia, who will be the Deputy Chief Minister, also needs direct dealing with the Centre.
Jain, who had handled the Health and Industry in the earlier AAP rule, is expected to retain the same portfolios, sources said. Rai, a senior party leader and Political Affairs Committee (PAC) member, is tipped be to the next Transport and Labour Minister.
Kumar, a lawyer by profession, is likely to handle Women and Child Welfare department and SC and ST Welfare while Tomar, also a lawyer, is expected to handle the Law department. Khan is likely to be given the charge of Food and Civil Supplies and Minority Affairs ministries. Rai, Kumar, Tomar and Khan are first-time legislators.
Former ministers Rakhi Bidlan, Somnath Bharti, Girish Soni and Saurabh Bhardwaj did not find place in the new Cabinet.
He took oath exactly a year after he resigned as chief minister and President Mukherjee accepted his resignation. Thereafter, President’s Rule was imposed in Delhi on February 17 last year.
In fresh elections, AAP staged a historic victory sweeping 67 of the 70 seats and leaving BJP which emerged as the single-largest party last time with only 3 seats. This will be Kejriwal’s second stint as Delhi chief minister, as he resigned on February 14, 2014 after running a 49-day government in the national capital with the outside support of Congress.