New Delhi: “The historic victory – winning 67 out of 70 seats – is not the result of hard work of one man or party. It is a Charisma of God. God wants to do something big. His intention is great. He has chosen us as a medium for that purpose,” said Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal while addressing over 50 thousand people soon after taking oath of chief minister of Delhi today. AAP got massive victory in the Delhi Assembly elections last week.
After Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung administered oath to Kejriwal and his six-member cabinet at Ramlila Maidan here, Kejriwal began his speech with the famous slogans of the Anna Hazare movement, which he was part of – Bharat Mata Ki Jai, Inquilab Zindabad, Vande Mataram. Besides Kejriwal, party MLAs Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Jain, Gopal Rai, Asim Mohammed Khan, Sandeep Kumar and Jitendra Singh Tomar were also administered oath of minister.
Kejriwal thanked the people of Delhi and admitted all religious communities have voted for him.
“People from all religions – Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains and others have voted for us. The poor have voted us in large number. The rich have also voted us. The historic victory – 67 out of 70 seats – is not the result of hard work of one man. It is a Charisma of God. He wants to do something big. His intention is great. For that purpose, he has chosen us a medium.”
He cautioned his ministers, MLAs and party workers against arrogance saying it was the arrogance which defeated Congress in General Elections last year and BJP in the recent Delhi Assembly polls.
“After such massive victory arrogance arises. When it arises in people, they lose. We all will be very cautious. Our ministers, MLAs and our family members should be cautious. Congress was defeated due to arrogance. BJP, which had won the Lok Sabha election massively in May last year, has lost now due to arrogance. After winning 28 seats in Dec 2013 assembly polls of Delhi, we also had got arrogance and decided to contest Lok Sabha polls in entire country but we also were defeated. We will devote ourselves to Delhi for next five years,” said Kejriwal.
On corruption, he said his government will eliminate the menace in five years.
“We will eliminate corruption from Delhi in next five years. We will open anticorruption helpline and Jan Lokpal bill will also be brought soon.”
He came down heavily on politics of hatred and division and warned those who want to disturb communal harmony in the city of Delhi.
“In the last few months, there were attempts to create communal tension in Delhi. Curches were attacked. We have not seen it in 35 years. Delhi people will not tolerate it. I want to tell those who do politics of hatred and division that Delhi people will not tolerate it. We want to make Delhi a city where every Hindu, every Muslim, every Christian and all feel safe and secure,” said Kejriwal
He also promised full statehood to Delhi. He announced to end VIP culture.
“In the last 15 years, BJP had been promising full statehood to Delhi. They are in full majority in centre and we are now in Delhi. I told Prime Minister that we can give full statehood to Delhi.”
“We want to end VIP culture. No chief minister, minister or MLA will be moving in vehicles with red beacon light.”
In a statesman’s statement, Arvind Kejriwal said his government will be government of all people whether they voted for him or not and he will take help of all senior political leaders of even opposition parties.
“Aam Aadmi Party government is government of all people whether they voted for us or not. For us, entire Delhi is our booth and constituency. The three BJP MLAs are also our MLAs and their constituencies ours. Kiran Bedi is like our elder sister. She has good experience in administration. We will take her help to better Delhi’s administration. Ajay Makan is a senior politician. We will take his advice and help also,” said Kejriwal.
Both Bedi (BJP) and Makan (Congress) were defeated by AAP candidates in this Assembly poll. Both were chief ministerial candidates of their parties.
At the end of his speech, Arvind Kejriwal prayed to God for wisdom and courage to run the government.
“I pray to God for wisdom and courage and ability to take right decision. I pray to God to save us from arrogance.”
He ended his speech by singing a communal harmony song.
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