Kejri signals AAP’s widening footprint

At oath-taking, says Delhi results mark beginning of new kind of national politics

TNS & Agencies

New Delhi, February 16

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday signalled his Aam Aadmi Party’s keenness to expand its footprint at the national level, saying a time would come when India’s fame would resonate across the world as the results of the Delhi election were the beginning of a new kind of politics.

‘Want good ties with Centre’ 

  • Arvind Kejriwal sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘blessings’, saying he wanted to work in coordination with the BJP-led Central government for smooth governance in the Capital

The national convener of the AAP made his remarks in his speech at Ramlila Maidan after taking oath as the Chief Minister of Delhi for the third time in the presence of a huge gathering.

“I have a dream that India’s fame will resonate in the whole world, be it London, Tokyo, Australia, Africa or America. It will be possible with this new politics which you people began in this Delhi election,” Kejrwal said while addressing the gathering.

Hinting at his national ambitions, Kejriwal also said when every Indian would get security, health, education and employment, only then will the Tricolour flutter proudly. In his 20-minute speech, Kejriwal also asserted he would work for the next five years in coordination with the Centre without discriminating against those who did not support his party during the recently concluded Delhi polls. He expressed his desire to work in coordination with the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for better governance of the Capital. Proclaiming himself as the “CM for all”, he said: “It does not matter for whom you voted in these elections, I am everyone’s CM. You are all my family.”

He sought cooperation from his rivals, the BJP and Congress, saying he had “forgiven” them for the remarks against him during the high-octane poll campaign. “I wish to work with everyone, including all political parties and the Central government, for the development of the Capital. We had also sent out an invitation to the PM for the ceremony. He must be busy with some other event. I seek his blessings to take Delhi forward,” he added.

6 take oath as Cabinet ministers 

  • Six AAP leaders, including Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Satyendra Jain, Kailash Gahlot, Imran Hussain and Rajendra Pal Gautam,

    were administered oath as Cabinet ministers

Kejriwal spoke about the free facilities that his government had provided in the last five years, saying that it would be a shame if he charged people for basic amenities like health and education. Taking a jibe at the Opposition for criticising him for giving freebies, he said: “Some people say Kejriwal is giving everything for free. Nature has ensured that every valuable thing in the world is free, be it mother’s love, father’s blessings or Shravan Kumar’s dedication.

“So, Kejriwal loves his people and hence this love is free... I should be ashamed if I charge those who take treatment in government hospitals or study in government schools.”

Six AAP leaders, including Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Satyendra Jain, Kailash Gahlot, Imran Hussain and Rajendra Pal Gautam, were also

administered oath by Lt Governor Anil Baijal as Cabinet ministers.

Kejriwal also shared stage with 50 people from the public defined as “Delhi ke nirmata” by the party. These people from different walks of life included teachers, students, bus marshals and Mohalla clinic doctors.

“Delhi is being run by the common man, by auto drivers, bus drivers, traders, students, and not any political leaders or parties. It is a moment of pride for me to have 50 such persons with me on the occasion,” he stressed.

The Delhi CM ended his speech by singing “Hum hoge kamyaab” (We shall overcome), in which he was joined by the crowd.


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