New Delhi, February 14
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited by Chief Minister-elect Arvind Kejriwal for his swearing-in ceremony at the Ramlila Maidan on February 16, senior party leader Gopal Rai said on Friday. It is unclear whether he will attend the event.
Rai, the convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi unit, said a letter was sent to the Prime Minister on Friday morning. It was, however, not clear whether Modi would attend the swearing-in ceremony. According to his schedule, he is travelling to his parliamentary constituency Varanasi on Sunday to inaugurate over 30 projects. Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Kejriwal as the CM of Delhi. According to an official notification, the President has also appointed six MLAs — Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai, Kailash Gehlot, Imran Hussain and Rajendra Gautam — as ministers of the Delhi government following the advice of the Chief Minister.
Another party leader said all municipal councillors had also been invited. No CM or political leader from other states will be part of the event as it will be a Delhi-specific ceremony, Rai had said on Thursday.
Kejriwal, through front-page advertisements in newspapers, has urged Delhiites to attend the ceremony as he is set to become the CM of Delhi for the third consecutive term. He will take oath along with his Cabinet at 10 am on Sunday for which preparations are afoot at the historic Ramlila Maidan.
The police too have made elaborate security arrangements for the event. An official said nearly 3,000 security personnel will deployed for the event. CCTV cameras will be fitted at and outside the venue. — PTI
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