An hour after they were administered the oath of office by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung,Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government took charge of the Delhi Secretariat and announced the first in a series of promised measures aimed to “clean up” politics and bring probity in public life. Express brings to you the best of the stories on Kejriwal’s first day in office on one platter.
Kejriwal makes people pledge: Capping a stunning debut by a political party barely a year old,Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal was sworn-in as Chief Minister of Delhi on Saturday. By the end of the day,a string of announcements had been made measures to tackle corruption,bring in austerity (no bungalows for Kejriwal and his cabinet) and decisions on power tariff cuts and free water within two days.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal makes people pledge not to give,take bribe by Express News Service
Successful political entrepreneur: In the space of 12 months,barely a breath in politics,the Aam Aadmi Party has gone from being considered something of a circus act,to a surprising new contender,to finally laying rightful claim to Delhi. That makes Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal the most successful political entrepreneur in recent times.
The Missionary in Politics by Amulya Gopalakrishnan
New Delhi CM sings: He was still dressed in his trademark blue sweater. He still began his speech with “Inquilab zindabad”. But this time,there was a different ring to the two words. In his first speech as the Chief Minister of Delhi,Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had formed the government to “give it back to the janata”.
He sings,makes them a promise: We formed govt to give it back to janata by Dipankar Ghose
Batchmates attend Kejriwal’s swearing-in event: Among the thousands who turned up for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal’s swearing-in ceremony on Saturday were some of his hostel mates and batchmates from IIT-Kharagpur. They came from all over Kolkata,Hyderabad,Dubai,United States,Bangkok to watch their fellow IITian take oath as the Delhi Chief Minister.
From Kharagpur to Ramlila Maidan,via the world by Naveed Iqbal
Kejriwal’s cabinet: Soon after taking charge as Chief Minister,Arvind Kejriwal got down to business on Saturday. Here’s a look at his Cabinet,the portfolios of ministers and their priorities.
CM,ministers get down to business by Ruhi Bhasin
Harsh Vardhan turns up at Ramlila Maidan: While BJP’s legislative party leader Harsh Vardhan attended Arvind Kejriwal’s swearing-in at the Ramlila Maidan on Saturday,the Congress gave it a complete miss. Congress leaders officially maintained they were too busy on Saturday as it was also the party’s foundation day.
Harsh Vardhan turns up; Sheila missing by Pragya Kaushika,Aniruddha Ghosal
CM in a metro: Braving the chilly winter morning,hundreds of supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had gathered outside Arvind Kejriwal’s residence in Kaushambi on Saturday as he was getting ready to take the Metro to his swearing-in at Ramlila Maidan.
Off to his swearing-in,in the Metro by Aneesha Mathur
Ending VIP culture: After CM Arvind Kejriwal expressed his reluctance to shift to a sprawling bungalow,the Delhi government’s request for “modest,suitable” accommodation in Lutyens’ Delhi was turned down by the Centre. Sources said Kejriwal was then offered accommodation at the Indraprastha Power guest house at Rajghat,where he’s likely to move in within the next two days.
Power guest house may be CM home by Anirudha Ghoshal
Shiela packs her bags: While thousands cheered Arvind Kejriwal as he took oath,the road outside Sheila Dikshit’s soon-to-be-vacated official residence at Moti Lal Nehru Marg was nearly deserted. The gates of the house remained locked for most of the day. Dikshit,who had dismissed Kejriwal as a “monsoon pest” before losing polls to him,didn’t attend the oath-taking ceremony.
Sheila Dikshit packs bags,books and paintings by Anirudha Ghoshal
Bureaucratic reshuffle: Hours after taking charge of Delhi on Saturday,the AAP government effected a bureaucratic reshuffle and transferred the Finance Secretary,Power Secretary and CEO of the Delhi Jal Board.
Water,power chiefs replaced,inspections start by Express News Service
Kejriwal,the honest bachcha: ‘A dimunitive cutie with several teDious affairs’. That is how his classmates described Arvind Kejriwal under the column ‘Tongue in Cheek’ in the 1989 yearbook for IIT Kharagpur’s Nehru Hall,Udyoga.
‘The honest bachcha’ by Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay
CM’s family joins Aam Aadmi: Family members of the new ministers joined the crowd as they erupted in celebration. While the Cabinet ministers accompanied Arvind Kejriwal from his house to the Ramlila Maidan,their families were already with the aam aadmi,waiting for the ceremony to begin.
Never thought we would see this day,say families by Express News Service
Look Up: A watershed year is upon us,heralding an eagerly awaited general election which may bring India out of limbo after two years of palsied fecklessness. Here on,things can only look up. When you’re at rock bottom,every way you look is up.
Disgust Can Change the World by Pratik Kanjilal