`No VIPs` in AAP swearing-in ceremony: Arvind Kejriwal

Last Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 16:11

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister designate Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that all the elected party leaders will travel by Metro for the swearing-in ceremony to be held at Ramlila Maidan on Saturday.

Kejriwal said he will address the problems of the people by himself going to the places and ask the concerned authorised officer to solve it at that moment itself.

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Asked about the Janta Darbar, Kejriwal said that, "it shows that the system, from top to bottom, has collapsed and needs to be amended. That is why the people are coming to the Chief Minister with their problems."

"It is a sad situation, peoples` expectations are very high and their problems have to be solved. We will need to work hard," he said.

While addressing media persons here, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor questioned government`s motive to hike the CNG prices just two days ahead of his government formation. Kejriwal said that the government could have waited for two days and consulted us before increasing the prices.
The AAP chief requested the auto drivers not to go on strike and wait for two days so that he could see what led to the increase in CNP prices. "Give me two days, we will see if the CNG price hike can be rolled back. We will talk to the central government. If it is necessary to raise the prices and it cannot be rolled back, auto fares will have to be revised," Kejriwal told reporters.

The auto drivers had also helped AAP in March to ferry about 10 lakh letters against inflated power and water bills to the residence of Sheila Dikshit.

"I had told them earlier, we will have to work from both sides. They have valid problems, we will address them, but auto drivers will have to mend their ways as well. People of Delhi are upset with auto drivers," he said.

With Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) all set to form government in Delhi, preparations are underway at the historic Ramlila Maidan in central Delhi for the oath-taking ceremony of the 28 party members.
Kejriwal said everyone was welcome to the Ramlila Maidan here Saturday when he takes oath as Delhi`s chief minister.

"Many people (are) asking me for passes for tomorrow`s oath ceremony. No passes needed. All are welcome. It`s (your) programme," he tweeted.

Arrangements were afoot at the venue where anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare`s massive protest rallies in 2011 for passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill brought Kejriwal into national prominence.

All eyes are set on Kejriwal, who is to be sworn-in as the new, and the youngest, chief minister of the state. AAP has promised to provide 700 litres of free water, cheap electricity bills, order probe against some Congress leaders allegedly involved in corruption among other things he mentioned in the party manifesto.

Both Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are keeping a close watch on every move of Kejriwal and would certainly not spare any moment to criticise his party if any of the promises made during election campaign remain unfulfilled.

Not only the main opposition parties, even Delhiites have high hopes from the new political outfit, which had a dream run in the recently held Assembly polls here.

Activist-turned-unlikely politician Kejriwal, 45, will be sworn in by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung at the sprawling Ramlila Maidan here along with six cabinet ministers at a function expected to draw thousands of supporters.

It will be a minority government -- the AAP won only 28 seats in the 70-member assembly -- and will depend on the legislative backing of the eight legislators of the Congress, which was voted out after 15 years.

Kejriwal yesterday appealed to the people to attned the swearing-in ceremony at Ramlila Maidan.

The AAP chief said, "Everyone is invited for the oath taking ceremony." He further said that people of Delhi would be the chief minister and not him.

While calling upon people to come in large numbers at Ramlila ground for the swearing-in ceremony, Kejriwal said he will speak to his guru Anna Hazare and ask him to grace the occasion.

"Anna Hazare is my guru and I would personally talk to him on phone to invite him for the ceremony," he said.

"The invitation would be sent from the government`s side and I had asked them to send an invitation to Hazare, Kiran Bedi and Justice Santosh Hegde," Kejriwal said.

In Ralegan Siddhi, Hazare said he would not be able to attend the ceremony on health grounds.



First Published: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 09:26

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