People will run Delhi government: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Dec 28 : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said it is the people of Delhi who will run the government in the national capital.

In his first address after taking oath as Delhi CM, Kejriwal said: "It is people's government. People will run this government. We seven ministers won't run Delhi government, but 1.5 crore people would run it."

"It's not me and my ministers who have taken oath today, it is the people of Delhi who have taken oath," he said, adding: "It is the victory of the aam aadmi (common man)."

"We take this oath that in our life we will never offer and/or take bribe," said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo.

He promised to solve all problems that the people of Delhi face every day.

"It is a miracle that we won the Delhi elections. We haven't come here to mint money, we left our jobs to reach this podium. We don't have a magic wand but will solve all issues," said Kejriwal.

He asked people's participation in fighting corruption.

"We fought this battle to give governance in the hands of the people of Delhi because we can't fight this alone, but 1.5 crore people of Delhi can fight corruption together," said Kejriwal.

"I am sure in the next five years, Delhi will become a 'sone ki chidiya' (golden bird)," he said.

"Anna (Hazare, Gandhian social activist) used to tell me politics is a 'keechad' (filth); I used to tell him we have to enter this 'keechad' to clean it," said Kejriwal.

Kejriwal on Saturday took oath as the Delhi Chief Minister in presence of approximately 2 lakh people at Ramlila Maidan.

His Cabinet was also sworn in the same day.

Amid cheers and the crowd shouting 'Inquilab Zindabad', Kejriwal took oath.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kejriwal.

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal and other AAP leaders took a metro from Barakhambha Road Metro Station to Ramlila Maidan.

He garlanded at the metro station and given a hero's welcome.

Meanwhile, Gandhian social activist Anna Hazare has written to Kejriwal to congratulate him and convey his apology for not being able to be present at his swearing-in ceremony.

Former IPS officer and social activist Kiran Bedi tweeted: "May God protect Arvind, his team and Aam Admi who has driven the change in value systems in politics. Good for the entire country!"

While at 45 Kejriwal became the youngest chief minister of Delhi, his other ministers' list included the names of Manish Sisodia, Somnath Bharti, Satyendra Kumar Jain, Rakhi Birla, Saurabh Bhardwaj and Girish Soni.

Fifteen days after the Delhi assembly election results were declared, the AAP on Dec 23 said it will form the government with the support of the Congress party in the national capital.

The just-over-a-year-old party led by Kejriwal emerged as the second biggest outfit with 28 seats, falling only a few seats short of the right wing BJP and allies who managed 32 seats.

The BJP is four short of a majority in the 70-member Delhi assembly. Congress managed only 8 seats.

--IBNS (Posted on 28-12-2013)

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