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Delhi: Shiela, ministers sworn in

December 17, 2008 14:30 IST

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Shiela Dikshit, who led the the Congress to a hatrick win, today took oath as the Chief Minister of Delhi [Images] for the third consecutive term, inducting a woman in her cabinet while retaining most of the ministers.

Dikshit, 71, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Delhi Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna at the Raj Niwas here this afternoon in the presence of a large number of politicians, including BJP Legislature Party leader V K Malhotra and state party chief Harshavardhan.

Ministers in the previous Cabinet A K Walia, Mangat Ram Singhal, Haroon Yusuf, Rajkumar Chauhan and Arvinder Singh Lovely along with the new face Kiran Walia also took oath.

Kiran Walia, Haroon Yusuf and Rajkumar Chauhan took oath in Hindi while the rest of the ministers chose English as their medium.

Kiran Walia is the new face in Dikshit's team replacing Yogananad Shastri who held the Health portfolio.

At the swearing-in function, Congress supporters shouted slogans hailing AICC chief Sonia Gandhi [Images] and Dikshit.

Congress created history in Delhi by winning the Assembly elections for a third consecutive term, overcoming the anti-incumbency factor.

The grand old party romped home with 43 seats in the 70-member Assembly, leaving BJP far behind with 23 seats and dashing its hopes of wresting power after 10 years.

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