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Ramlila Maidan gears up to host Arvind Kejriwal’s 2nd swearing-in

The historic venue is once again set to reverberate with the sounds of people hailing Kejriwal and his resurgent party.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 12, 2015 3:07:42 am
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Following a staggering victory in the Delhi Assembly polls on Tuesday, the AAP is likely to have an equally impressive oath-taking ceremony on February 14. While preparations for the swearing-in are already under way at Ramlila Maidan, there is also likely to be a roadshow before the ceremony.

Arvind Kejriwal, who took the Metro to reach his favourite arena last time he was sworn in, will skip that mode of transport on Saturday and instead may join his supporters in the roadshow.

“Such requests (for a roadshow) have been received. It is unlikely that the party will turn them down,” an AAP leader said.

On Delhi’s airwaves, a new radio jingle featuring Kejriwal has also appeared, asking people to attend the swearing in ceremony. In the advertisement, Kejriwal says, “Those who try, never lose…I want to ask all of you to come to Ramlila Maidan to take an oath. I will not take the oath alone, so will all of you to make Delhi a better city.”

Meanwhile, Ramlila Maidan is undergoing a hurried beautification. Wednesday morning saw various officials from MCD, Delhi government and PWD working in full swing to get the venue ready in time. “Besides levelling and repair, we are also working on arrangement for sanitation and extra parking since a larger turnout is expected ,” an NDMC official said.

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Seating arrangement for nearly 40,000 seats is being made at the grounds, where the walls and canopy are also getting a fresh coat of paint, the NDMC official said. Over a lakh people had attended the swearing-in ceremony on December 29, 2013.

Security has been stepped up, with the installation of 40 CCTV cameras, as opposed to 20 last time, 14 LED screens against nine then. Deputy Commissioner of Police (central) Paramaditya said, “We have drawn up a list of security measures which will be put in place. Close circuit television cameras, baggage X-ray machines, police presence on the ground and rooftop security will be stepped up.”

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