Days after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) made a dazzling debut in the Assembly elections, Arvind Kejriwal was today sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Delhi by Lt General Najeeb Jung at the Ramlila Maidan. With the swearing-in, Kejriwal becomes the youngest chief minister of Delhi ever.
Six other ministers - Manish Sisodia, Somnath Bharti, Rakhi Birla, Satyendra Jain, Saurabh Bharadwaj, Girish Soni - also take oath of office and secrecy at a ceremony in the Ramlila Maidan.
Earlier, Arvind Kejriwal boarded the metro from Kaushambi Station to take oath as Delhi Chief Minister at the Ramlila Maidan in the national capital as hundreds of people jostled with each other to board the train with him.
There was no place to stand in the Metro premises and people were falling over each other as Kejriwal arrived to board the train. The AAP leader will get off the train at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station from he will take another metro to reach Ramlila Maidan.
The 45-year-old was administered the oath of office, along with six Cabinet ministers, at the Ramlila Maidan, the place where he first joined activist Anna Hazare in 2011 to spearhead a movement for stringent anti-corruption laws.
But Hazare will not be there to watch him take charge. "I have spoken to Anna and he has said he will not be able to attend the oath-taking ceremony due to ill-health," Kejriwal had said on Friday.
Earlier, hundreds of AAP supporters gathered at Kejriwal's residence in Kaushambi to greet him along with a group from his native village in Haryana's Bhiwani district.
Kejriwal's cabinet colleague Manish Sisodia was at the station along with his wife Seema Sisodia and their 12-year-old son Mir.
"I am happy, it is a historic moment for us and I am confident that he (Kejriwal) will perform his responsibilities well," said Seema.
Sisodia's farther Dharampal Singh, an ex-serviceman, and currently a teacher will also attend the swearing-in ceremony.
Apart from Kejriwal, his farther Govind Ram Kejriwal, mother Geeta Devi, wife Sunita, daughter Harshita and son Pulkit would also witness the ceremony.
Some of the people who had gathered at Kejriwal's residence had got bouquets shaped