Minutes before Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s swearing-in, the three newly-elected BJP MLAs walked in to take front-row seats at Ramlila Maidan. They had two of the BJP’s MPs from Delhi, Udit Raj and Ramesh Bidhuri, for company.
The BJP leaders sat through Kejriwal’s speech after the Cabinet took oath, smiling when he made the reference to the “hubris” of the BJP in his speech, cautioning leaders from his own party against it. The BJP leaders walked up to the stage just after his speech and greeted the new CM. Vijender Gupta, MLA from Rohini, who contested against Kejriwal from the New Delhi seat in 2013, went ahead and hugged Kejriwal and shook hands with Sisodia.
Asked about the role the three-member opposition will be able to play against AAP’s 67, the MLA from Vishwas Nagar, Om Prakash Sharma, said, “We will be a forceful opposition. Just wait and see.”
He said the oath-taking ceremony “was like a celebration of a new marriage”. “We have come today like you come to congratulate anybody on the day of their marriage. You should not ask awkward questions,”Sharma said.
Northwest MP Udit Raj said the BJP leaders had come “because of their big hearts”. “PM Modi could not come only because he had prior engagements. We all want to work for the development of Delhi. If they are celebrating their government in Delhi, we also have a government at the Centre and our goal is the same — development for Delhi,” Raj said.
Sharma added that their role would not be “to oppose where opposition is not necessary”. “We will give them full support if they do something good, but if they fail to deliver or take the slightest advantage of this huge mandate, we will protest on the street and in the assembly,”Sharma said. South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri refused to speak to the media.