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Fledgling Indian AAP party to take oath as Delhi chief minister

Publication Date : 26-12-2013


The emerging party Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener, Arvind Kejriwal, will take oath as Delhi Chief Minister at Ramlila Maidan on Saturday, with six other AAP  member of the legislative assembly who will be part of the Cabinet. 

The president, Pranab Mukherjee, has confirmed the recommendation made by the Delhi Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung, and appointed Kejriwal as Chief Minister of the National Capital Territory of Delhi with effect from the date he is sworn in.

Kejriwal will have to prove his government's majority on the floor of the Delhi Assembly by January 3. The president in his communication to the L-G has said Kejriwal should be asked to prove his majority on the floor of the House within seven days from the date on which he takes oath of office. According to sources, the Assembly session is likely to be called from January 1.

The L-G spoke to Kejriwal on telephone to take a final call on the date of the swearing-in ceremony. Jung has directed senior Delhi police officials to review the security situation at the Ramlila Ground where the oath-taking  ceremony is to be held as per the AAP request.

The date for the swearing-in ceremony was finalised at a meeting Kejriwal held with Delhi Chief Secretary D M Spolia.

“We have requested the L-G that we want to take oath 28 December, and he has agreed... The ceremony will be held at noon,” said AAP's Kumar Vishwas. The venue has the capacity to accommodate about 4,000.

AAP also confirmed that Santosh Hegde, Anna Hazare and Kiran Bedi will be invited to the ceremony. Kejriwal said he would personally talk to Hazare as now the date has been finalised.

The AAP, which sent the names of six ministers, Manish Sisodia, Saurabh Bhardwaj, Somnath Bharti, Rakhi Birla, Satyendra Jain and Girish Soni, to the L-G yesterday, said that the portfolios will be distributed only after the swearing-in ceremony.

AAP, which has 28 seats in the 70-member Delhi assembly, will form the government with support from the Congress which secured eight seats in the elections held on 4 December. The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party with 31 seats, decided not to form the government. 

Kejriwal said he was working on portfolios to be given to six MLAs whose names were recommended to Lt Governor to be included in his Cabinet.

He said auditing of private power distribution companies, and supply of 700 liters of water free to all homes are the focus areas Kejriwal had met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday and handed over him a letter staking claim to form government with outside support from the Congress.

Following this, Jung had sent a proposal to President Pranab Mukherjee detailing AAP's stake to form the government. The president approved the proposal yesterday and left it to the Lt Governor to finalise the date for swearing-in.



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