Arvind Kejriwal becomes Delhi`s seventh chief minister: As it happened

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calls up Arvind Kejriwal to extend best wishes and support as he undertakes new responsibilities as Delhi chief minister.

By Deepak Nagpal | Updated: Dec 28, 2013, 23:56 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal and Himanshu Kapoor

21:32 pm: Within hours of assuming office in the national capital, Kejriwal transferred Delhi Jal Board CEO Debashree Mukherjee to Delhi Transport Corporation.

Eight other IAS officers were also transferred after the new chief minister worked for six straight hours on day one.

20:49 After taking oath as Delhi`s seventh chief minister, AAP convenor Arvind kejriwal met with Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi and discussed ways of improving the law and order situation, especially women`s security in the national capital.

"We had a talk. I briefed him about Delhi Police while he told me about his concerns and his vision. We will work together to create a safe environment for Delhiites in the city. Focus will be on the vulnerable sections of the society, especially women," Bassi told reporters after meeting Kejriwal, reports PTI.

20:34 pm: Kejriwal rubbished the allegations of BJP leader Nitin Gadkari that a deal was brokered between AAP and Congress by an industrialist to form the government and asked him to provide evidence.

"This (claim) is all rubbish. It is sad to note that a senior leader like Gadkari is talking nonsense. If he is making claims, then he should also give evidence," Kejriwal told reporters here.

Kejriwal said there is no truth in the allegations and reiterated that there is no "deal" between AAP and Congress or BJP. - PTI

7:40 pm Sticking to his party`s poll promises of cutting the power tariff rates by half and providing 700 litres of free water daily to all household, Kejriwal today urged the people of Delhi to be wait till next week.

"By Monday you will get some news," Kejriwal told the media.

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5:39 pm: As Kejriwal is sworn-in as Delhi CM, JD(U) asks the government and the Opposition to make its lone party MLA Shoaib Iqbal, the senior-most legislator in the House, as Speaker in the state Assembly.

JD(U) general secretary Javed Raza told PTI, "Being the most senior member in the Assembly, Iqbal is already Pro-tem Speaker. He has been Deputy Speaker in the past and is currently the most senior member in the House. The ruling party and the Opposition should build consensus on his name and make him Speaker."

5:27 pm: The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Saturday congratulated Arvind Kejriwal for becoming Delhi`s chief minister and said it was sure his government will be industry friendly - IANS

The CII said it would work with the new government in areas such as employment creation, skill development, women’s empowerment and infrastructure development.

5:01 pm: Questions the status quo of how we run our Govt, the monopoly is breaking, Kiran Bedi said on Arvind Kejriwal becoming CM.

Anna`s movement gave the city two things - a new chief minister and Lokpal Bill, Kiran Bedi said.

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4:39 pm: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, mentor to Arvind Kejriwal, congratulated his onetime protege on becoming the seventh Chief Minister of Delhi. In a message, Anna said that the "ultimate aim of politics is to serve the country," PTI reports.

Anna couldn`t attend Kejriwal`s swearing-in ceremony because of ill-health. "We have worked together for many years.... I congratulate you for taking the oath of Chief Minister today. I also congratulate others taking oath with you today," he told reporters at his village Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra.

3:30 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calls up Arvind Kejriwal to extend best wishes and support as he undertakes new responsibilities as Delhi chief minister.

3:05 pm: There will be no witch hunt against bureaucrats. I have asked them to work with honesty, says Kejriwal.

3:02 pm: No PSO and escort vehicle to be provided to officials. Security to be allowed based on threat perception, Delhi Cabinet decides.

3:00 pm: No ministers and officials in Delhi government will use red beacons, as per decision of first meeting of the Cabinet presided over by CM Arvind Kejriwal – PTI.

2:30 pm: He has accepted the support of corrupt Congress, he should give an explanation for that – Rudy.

2:30 pm: I congratulate Arvind Kejriwal, we hope they make the city and their government, says BJP`s Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
2:17 pm: Without the Home Ministry approval they can’t pass Jan Lokpal Bill - Umesh Sehgal.

2:16 pm: I won`t call their promise about free water impossible but electricity and Lokpal is a different story - Umesh Sehgal.

2:15 pm: AAP can’t change the electricity tariff, until next year - Umesh Sehgal.

2:15 pm: Shouting slogans is easy, fulfilling promises is not, says Umesh Sehgal, former Delhi Chief Secretary on AAP promises.

2:00 pm: Kejriwal`s cabinet holds first meeting.

1:50 pm: I am going to meet officials from transport department, IGL, Delhi Jal Board, et al. We shall keep you updated with all progress - Arvind Kejriwal.

1:45 pm: There is a Cabinet meeting at 2.00 pm, and if needed, there will be another in the evening, says Arvind Kejriwal.

1:42 pm: Hum aam aadmi hai, akele kuch nahi kar sakti. Delhi ki janta ke saath mil kar Delhi ki surat badlegi, says Arvind Kejriwal.

1:40 pm: Kejriwal addresses media persons ahead of his first Cabinet meeting after being sworn-in as Delhi CM.

1:30 pm: Even Moily ji travelled once in Metro. Kejriwal should say if he will travel in public transport regularly, else it`s all drama - Balbir Punj.

1:30 pm: What Arvind Kejriwal is doing to fight VIP culture, Manohar Parrikar already does is Goa, but media doesn`t cover that, says BJP`s Balbir Punj.

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1:20 pm: Satyendra Jain – Health, Industries.

1:20 pm: SomnathBharti - Tourism, Law, Administrative Reforms, Culture.

1:20 pm: Saurabh Bhardwaj - Food and Supplies, Transport.

1:20 pm: Girish Soni – SC/ST, Labour, Skill Development.

1:20 pm: Rakhi Birla - Women and Child Development, Social Welfare.

1:20 pm: Manish Sisodia – Revenue, Education, Higher Education, PWD, Urban Development, Local Bodies, Land and Building departments.

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1:20 pm: Arvind Kejriwal - Power, Planning, Home, Finance, Services, Vigilance, all other departments not allocated.

1:20 pm: Arvind Kejriwal allots portfolios to ministers.

1:15 pm: Arvind Kejriwal to stay at 41, Hanuman Road for now, says Manish Sisodia.

1:10 pm: Arvind Kejriwal`s cabinet to meet shortly to hold first meeting after swearing-in.

1:00 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal arrives at the Delhi Secretariat with his newly sworn-in ministers.

12:55 pm: BJP’s Vijay Goel congratulates Aam Aadmi Party for forming its government in Delhi.

12:50 pm: We congratulate Arvind Kejriwal. Hope he rises to the expectations of the people, says Shakeel Ahmed of the Congress.

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12:45 pm: Arvind Kejriwal arrives at Rajghat, to pay respects to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.

12:40 pm: Congratulations to Arvind Kejriwal, he should provide a stable government in Delhi, says BJP president Rajnath Singh.

12:38 pm: Manish Sisodia appeals to the crowds to leave the grounds in a disciplined way and not cause ruckus.

12:36 pm: Arvind Kejriwal ends his speech after taking oath with a Vande Matram chant and singing to the crowd `Insaan ka insaan se ho bhaichara, yahin paigham hamara...`

12:35 pm: Kejriwal urges the crowd to chant - "Don`t take bribes".

12:34 pm: I`m sure in the next five years, this country will become a `sone ki chidiya` again – Kejriwal.

12:33 pm: If anyone asks for a bribe, report it to a special number. The phone will be activated in two days – Kejriwal.

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12:33 pm: If anyone asks for a bribe in government office, file a complaint with us and we will catch them all red-handed, says Kejriwal.

12:32 pm: We take this oath that from now and in future that we will never offer or take bribe – Kejriwal.

12:32 pm: Arvind Kejriwal administers pledge to `fight against corruption` to Delhiites present at the Ramlila Maidan.

12:31 pm: We are not worried if we pass or fail the confidence motion, other parties are worried about it – Kejriwal.

12:30 pm: Dr Harsh Vardhan is a good man, can’t say that about his party (BJP) though – Kejriwal.

Also Read: I have Anna`s best wishes, says Kejriwal

12:29 pm: We had to form a party to weed out arrogant politicians, hope that the no one else has to form a party to weed us out – Kejriwal.

12:28 pm: We have a big responsibility and a lot of expectations from the people of Delhi and it frightens me but I pray to god – Kejriwal.

12:27 pm: 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 – Kejriwal.

12:27 pm: If we walk on the path of truth, ultimately the truth will win – Kejriwal.

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12:26 pm: The main problems in the country arise due to dirty politics and we have to clean it – Kejriwal.

12:26 pm: If some officers are corrupt, then there are many who are honest and want to make the country better – Kejriwal.

12:25 pm: We aren`t here to be ministers, but to serve the country - Kejriwal.

12:24 pm: I plead with folded hands to all my ministers and workers, please do not become arrogant – Kejriwal.

12:23 pm: We need to show the country that if everyone unites we can free this country of corruption and poverty – Kejriwal.

12:22 pm: Anna used to tell me politics is a `keechad`; I used to tell him we have to enter this `keechad` to clean it.

12:21 pm: We seven ministers won`t run Delhi government, but 1.5 crore people would run it – Kejriwal.

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12:20 pm: We don`t have a magic wand, don`t have solution to all problems, but if we come together we can solve all problems – Kejriwal.

12:19 pm: We can`t fight this alone, but 1.5 crore people of Delhi can fight corruption together – Kejriwal.

12:18 pm: It`s a miracle – Kejriwal.

12:17 pm: We fought this battle to give governance in the hands of the people of Delhi – Kejriwal.

12:16 pm: It`s the victory of Aam Aadmi today – Kejriwal.

12:15 pm: It`s not we who have taken oath today, it`s the people of Delhi who have taken oath, says Kejriwal.

12:15 pm: Arvind Kejriwal addresses supporters at Ramlila Maidan.

12:12 pm: Saurabh Bhardwaj administered oath of office and secrecy.

12:10 pm: Girish Soni administered oath of office and secrecy by Lt Governor.

12:08 pm: Rakhi Birla chants `Bharat Mata Ki Jai` and `Vande Mataram` before taking oath of office and secrecy.

12:06 pm: Satyendra Jain takes oath of office and secrecy.

12:04 pm: Somnath Bharti administered oath of office and secrecy by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.

12:02 pm: Lt Governor Najeeb Jung administers oath of office and secrecy to Manish Sisodia.

12:01 pm: Supporters celebrate as Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as Delhi CM.

12:00 noon: Lt Governor Najeeb Jung administers oath of office and secrecy to CM-designate Arvind Kejriwal.

11:55 am: Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, Arvind Kejriwal arrive on stage at Ramlila Maidan.

11:45 am: Arvind Kejriwal arrives at the Ramlila Maidan to take oath as the seventh Delhi chief minister.

11:35 am: You have to acknowledge that a transformational event is taking place today, says Anand Mahindra.

11:30 am: Confident that Arvind Kejriwal will do good work, said Anna Hazare in his e-mail.

11:25 am: Arvind Kejriwal arrives at Barakhamba Metro Station in New Delhi.

11:20 am: Crowd swells to nearly 40,000 at Ramlila Maidan.

11:10 am: Agar Anna aatey toh hamey bohat khushi hoti par jaise Arvind ney kaha Annaji hum sab kay dil mey hain - Shazia Ilmi.

11:10 am: Humne janta ke beech jaa kar janta ke dard ko samjha hai – AAP leader Shazia Ilmi.

11:00 am: We will support them if they take good steps but also will criticise wrong policies, says Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely.

10:50 am: Arvind Kejriwal reaches Kaushambhi Metro Station along with his proposed ministers.

10:45 am: This is a fight against corruption. Action will start soon after taking oath, says Kejriwal. We will always need blessings of Anna Hazare ji, he adds.

10:45 am: Today is a historic day, it`s the victory of Aam Aadmi, says Kejriwal.

10:30 am: Arvind Kejriwal leaves for the Ramlila Maidan from his home in Kaushambhi.

10:15 am: In an e-mail to Kejriwal, Anna says he couldn`t come for the swearing-in because of his ill-health.

10:10 am: Anna Hazare extends best wishes to Arvind Kejriwal ahead of his swearing-in as Delhi CM.

10:05 am: One day the common man will unfurl flag at the Red Fort, says Kumar Vishvaas

10:00 am: I can`t defeat Rahul Gandhi, the people of Amethi will defeat him, says AAP leader Kumar Vishwas.

9:50 am: I am very happy. He has always been a determined person, he will be successful, says Arvind`s sister Sanjana Kejriwal.

9:30 am: Today Delhi will get a government which will help the common people realize all their dreams, says AAP minister-designate Manish Sisodia.

9:00 am: 50,000 people could turn up for Kejriwal`s swearing in, believes Delhi Police.

8:45 am: Crowds have started gathering at the Ramlila Maidan. Around 4,000 people currently present.

8:30 am: Today is a very important day for Delhi. Our priority is to fulfill promises, says AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny.

8:15 am: After taking oath, Kejriwal and his ministers will hold their first cabinet meeting.

8:10 am: Nearly 1,600 policemen have been deployed in and around the spruced-up Ramlila Maidan for security. CCTV cameras have been installed at more than 20 locations at the venue. Police commandos and bomb squads have also been deployed, along with anti-riot police and vehicles.

8:07 am: Kejriwal, along with his Cabinet, will ride the Delhi Metro along with his proposed ministers to reach the oath-taking ceremony venue, the Ramlila Maidan.

8:05 am: Along with Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, 41, Rakhi Birla, 26, Saurabh Bharadwaj, 34, Somnath Bharti, 39, Satyendra Jain, 49, and Girish Soni, 49 would also take oath as ministers.

8:02 am: Kejriwal, along with his six nominated cabinet ministers, will be administered the oath of office by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung at the Ramlila Maidan.

8:00 am: Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal will take oath as Delhi`s seventh chief minister today at around 12 noon.