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.
Addressing a sea of people,Kejriwal said,Today is a historic day. It is not just me or six other ministers who have taken oath today. Every resident of Delhi has taken oath with us. We did not come to take control of the government. We formed the government to give it back to the janata.
Holding up Delhi as an example where politics can be conducted cleanly,he said,This is only the beginning. It will be complete only when we throw out corruption completely. But I am sure,if Delhis janata of 1.5 crore stand together as one,we can do it. I dont say that God has given us all the brains in the world… that we have a magic wand that will solve all problems in a day. But together we will run this government.
Kejriwal struck a belligerent note when he spoke of the impending no-confidence motion his party will face next week. If the no-confidence motion falls,we will come back to the janata and we will win the re-election. We dont believe in jod tod. We left all our careers to cleanse politics. The other parties are worried because of this and are fighting among themselves, he said.
Talking about his mentor Anna Hazare,Kejriwal said,Anna used to say that politics is dirty. Two-and-a-half years back,Annaji held a 13-day fast to remove corruption and to get the Janlokpal Bill passed. In these last two years,we did every possible thing. We fasted,agitated but nothing happened. Gradually it became clear that without changing countrys politics we cannot get rid of corruption.
I used to suggest Anna that if we want to clean the system,then we will have to get down in this dirty politics, he said.
Kejriwal also paid tribute to Santosh Koli,originally the candidate from Seemapuri who lost her life in an accident this year. We lost Santosh Koli in this battle. I have heard that a shaheed may lose his or her life,but his or her atma lives with us. I am proud her shahadat did not go in vain, he said.
He ended with a song he called the AAP anthem. He sang a Manna Dey composition from the 1959 film Paighaam. Har ek mahal se kaho ki jhopadiyon mein diye jalaayen,chhoton aur badon mein ab koi fark nahin reh jaaye, he sand. His six ministers,and one lakh followers at the Ramlila Maidan,sang with him.