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Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in as Chief Minister of Delhi on 28 December 2013.
On his first day in office as Delhi's new chief minister, Mr Kejriwal worked for six straight hours. At around 1:30 pm, the 45-year-old drove in his blue Wagon-R to the Delhi Secretariat in central Delhi, less than two hours after taking oath at the Ramlila Maidan, a ceremony which was attended by over a lakh people. He left office at 7:30 pm. Tomorrow, Mr Kejriwal will work from home where he has reportedly fixed several key meetings. (Pics: From metro to cabinet, this was Arvind Kejriwal's day)
Despite Saturday being a holiday, officials and staff were present at the Delhi Secretariat today to attend to the new chief minister. With Mr Kejriwal taking charge, sources say that the Delhi Secretariat may now work six-days-a-week. (Read: No lal battis or police escorts, decides Kejriwal's cabinet)
In his six hours at work, Mr Kejriwal today met the heads of the Delhi Jal Board, Indraprastha Gas Limited, Delhi's Police Commissioner BS Bassi, and called two cabinet meetings with his team.
One of Mr Kejriwal's senior ministers, Manish Sisodia, who is the Minister for Education, met the Director of Education, and called for scrapping of the management quota in admissions. He also said he will keep a close watch on the donation system and the nursery admission process will be a top priority. (Pics: Meet Kejriwal's ministers)
Law Minister Somnath Bharti has asked officials to prepare an agenda chart to chalk out the priorities of the department. Mr Bharti, a lawyer, has also asked the officials to come up with the number of posts that are vacant in the judiciary. He said that security of women will be the law ministry's top priority and cases relating to violence against women should be wrapped up within six months. (Watch)
Rakhi Birla, one of the youngest to take oath at 26, said today she quit her job as a journalist and joined the Aam Aadmi Party because of the Delhi gang-rape (refer to Delhi rape victim passed away! R.I.P ). Ms Birla is in-charge of the women and child welfare department. She told NDTV that she has brought retired armymen on board to seek advice on improving the security of women in the national capital. (Watch)
Health Minister Satyendra Jain spent his evening by paying a surprise visit to the government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital in central Delhi.
Saurabh Bhardwaj, minister of food and supply, and transport, said he found the work culture at the Delhi Secretariat 'disturbing." The 33-year-old also said he felt strange when senior bureaucrats addressed him as 'Sir' today. (Watch)
Arvind Kejriwal swung into action on the first day in office after being sworn in as the seventh chief minister of Delhi.
On his first day in office, Kejriwal worked for six hours and transferred nine senior bureaucrats, including the CEO of the Delhi Jal Board Debashree Mukherjee.
Chasing his promises of a corruption-free Delhi with better civic amenities, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader held his first cabinet meeting, issuing a decree against government officials and ministers using red beacons in their vehicles.
"No minister or official in Delhi government will use red beacons," a top official said.
Even as wishes poured in "anti-graft activist Anna Hazare and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated the new CM" Kejriwal did not take a break.
He distributed portfolios among his ministers, keeping the key home, power, planning, finance, services and vigilance departments. He also met Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi.
Kejriwal arrived at Barakhamba in the heart of the city in a Delhi Metro train. From there, he headed for the swearing-in venue, Ramlila Maidan, in a car. Kejriwal on Monday had refused Z' category security after staking claim to the government.
Kejriwal, who has promised to slash power tariff by 50% and provide free water to each household using 700litre a day, sought the help of people to root out corruption in Delhi.
Delivering a speech after taking oath, Kejriwal pledged to fight graft with the help of Delhi residents. He, however, assured there would be no witch-hunting against bureaucrats.
Arvind Kejriwal's first speech as a CM
* Arvind Kejriwal leads an oath joined by the crowd, promising to never give or take a bribe.
* In the last two years a great change has come in India, it is a big miracle, a change is sweeping the country. I believe in the next five years India will once again become a 'Golden Sparrow'. We will give you a phone number in some days. Do not refuse to give a bribe but help us catch the guilty, concluded Kejriwal.
12:33: In the last two years, we've tried everything - protests, fasts, demonstrations. But we realised that we cannot change anything unless we join politics. Annaji used to tell me often that politics is dirty, and i would explain to him that the time has come for us to enter this dirty world and clean it up. Today, a lot of the problems that our country faces is because of dirty politics. Our education, hospitals, roads are bad because of our bad politics.
* "We came here to serve and we will go to our constituencies and serve the common man of whom we are a part. The path to truth is not a bed of roses but filled with thorns but we are ready for all the challenges and will govern Delhi. We have a big responsibility and a lot of expectations from the people of Delhi and it frightens me but I pray to god. I ask god to help us to do our duty. I know Dr Harshvardhan, he is a nice man but I can't say the same about his party. In the next election with a large majority the people will help the Aam Aadmi Party win," Kejriwal also said. Read
* "Do not have solution to all the problems. Don't have a magic wand. 1.5 crore people will work together for a better Delhi. Anna told me many time that politics is muck and we should stay away. But I said we should go in and change it. We have all stepped out to clean this politics and for the past 2 years we have been fighting and have lost Santosh Koli. We need to show the country that if everyone unites we can free this country of corruption and poverty. I plead with folded hands to all my ministers and workers, please do not become proud," added Kejriwal.
12:35: "In our fight, we lost a dear member, Santosh Koli. Today, if Santosh Koli, wherever she is or if she is listening or watching, she will be happy that her fight didn't go waste, that the people of Delhi have reposed faith in the party," said Kejriwal.
12:25: "I thank God, Allah, Wahe Guru for this victory, for this miracle. Two years ago, we couldn't have thought that the aam aadmi's would break the shackles of corruption, fight an election and come to power. This is not short of a miracle. And it hasn't happened because of us. Yeh kudrati karishma hai aur main Ishwar ka dhanywad karta hoon, Allah ko shukriya kehta hoon," said Arvind Kejriwal. Read
12:21: "Greetings to lall my brothers and sisters. Today is a historic day. We've just taken the oath. But it is not Arvind Kejriwal and six others who have taken the oath. The oath has been taken by each and every member of the public. Aaj aam aadmi ki jeet hui hai. The people of Delhi have shown that it is possible to contest and win elections without corruption. My heartiest congratulations to all of them. This is a big victory for the people of Delhi," said Arvind Kejriwal.
Many people strongly support Arvind Kejriwal. And why not? He afterall gives us hope to free our nation from corruption and serve bharat ki janta. While there also exist some people who do not support him saying that he betrayed anna hazare or formed a party and joined hands with the congress even when he had earlier said that he would not do so, and what now. Guys, I won't be giving any clarifications about all these things.
For years congress has been in Delhi and sheila dikshit has been the CM of delhi. We have seen many parties including the BJP, BSP, congress, etc. But it is well known fact the condition of delhi is worsening everyday. Hiking of prices of petrol, electricity, water, vegetables and similar everyday things, one of the most unsafe city for females, corruption, dabang-giri have become a very common aspect of Delhi. This ought to be changed.
May be AAP will succeed and fulfill the promises he made, or maybe AAP won't succeed. If it doesn't succeed then we'll continue living the way we're living now, for delhi's condition can't be worsened it is already at its worst. But why think negative? It is so much possible that Arvind Kejriwal fulfills all of his promises. May be a few years later we would be living in a country which is corruption free, where the difference between the poor and the rich isn't as much as that between an ant hill and burj khalifa. Let's try to hope for once and support him. Let's make a promise to not bribe anyone- be it taking or giving. There is a possibility that after a few months, prices of electricity would decrease. Let's just wait and watch, and not discourage people who are taking initiatives for our country.
When Arvind Kejriwal left his job to become a social activist, he would have never thought that such a day would come when he would be provided with the best facilities- cars, bungalows, and he would be the one to decline all these facilities and travel via metro, his blue wagon-R and live in a simple apartment owned by himself. Things can happen in the future of which we cannot even think right now. So let's just keep negative thoughts away from our minds and make some space in our minds for the future surprises we might be in for, and support AAP for a better Delhi, a better India.
Jai Hind. Inquilab Zindabad.
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