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Aam Aadmi Arvind Kejriwal sworn in as Delhi CM

December 28, 2013 13:11 IST

Aam Aadmi Arvind Kejriwal sworn in as Delhi CM

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Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal took oath on Saturday as the seventh chief minister of Delhi.

Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kejriwal and six other ministers at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi.

Six ministers -- Manish Sisodia, Somnath Bharti, Rakhi Birla, Satyendra Jain, Saurabh Bharadwaj, Girish Soni – also took oath of office and secrecy at the ceremony.

After the ceremony, Kejriwal visited Mahatma Gandhi's memorial Rajghat to pay homage.

Earlier in the day Kejriwal boarded the metro from Kaushambi Station to take oath at the Ramlila Maidan as hundreds of people jostled with each other to board the train with him.

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Image: Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as the seventh CM of New Delhi
Photographs: TV grab

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There was no place to stand in the Metro premises and people were falling over each other as Kejriwal arrived to board the train. The AAP leader got off the train at Barakhamba Metro Station from where he took a car to reach Ramlila Maidan.

Additional Central Industrial Security Force security personnel and the Uttar Pradesh personnel were deployed at the station.

CISF officials had earlier said that some of its personnel will also travel in the coach with Kejriwal to guard him.

Before boarding the train, Kejriwal said, "It is a beginning. The second fight for independence. Till this country gets freedom from corruption, famine and injustice, this fight will continue. It is the victory of the common man," Kejriwal said.

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Image: Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung administers oath to Kejriwal
Photographs: ANI

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"Action will start immediately after we take oath," he said.

Hundreds of AAP supporters gathered at Kejriwal's residence in Kaushambi in the morning to greet him along with a group from his native village in Haryana's Bhiwani district.

Kejriwal's cabinet colleague Manish Sisodia was at the station along with his wife Seema Sisodia and their 12-year-old son Mir.

"I am happy, it is a historic moment for us and I am confident that he (Kejriwal) will perform his responsibilities well," said Seema.

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Image: The Aam Aadmi Party cabinet waves to crowds after the oath-taking ceremony at Ramlila Maidan
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Sisodia's farther Dharampal Singh, an ex-serviceman, and currently a teacher will also attend the swearing-in ceremony.          

Apart from Kejriwal, his farther Govind Ram Kejriwal, mother Geeta Devi, wife Sunita, daughter Harshita and son Pulkit would also witness the ceremony.

Some of the people who had gathered at Kejriwal's residence had got bouquets shaped like AAP's symbol broom. One of the onlookers gathered at the scene was dressed like a groom.

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Image: Crowds gather at a metro station in Delhi to get a glimpse of Kejriwal
Photographs: @ankitlal/Twitter

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