Tens of thousands of Aam Aadmi Party supporters who had gathered at the sprawling ground in the heart of the capital since morning cheered loudly and waved AAP flags as Kejriwal took the oath of office and secrecy.
Kejriwal’s close aide Manish Sisodia, who will be the deputy chief minister, was also sworn in along with ministers Satyedra Jain, Gopal Rai, Asim Mohammed Khan, Sandeep Kumar and Jitendra Singh Tomar.
Kejriwal, 46, led the AAP to a thumping win in the Delhi assembly election. The party won a staggering 67 of the 70 seats, leaving the BJP with just three seats. The Congress was wiped out.
This is the second time Kejriwal is becoming Delhi’s chief minister. He became chief minister the first time in December 2013 but resigned after just 49 days — on this day last year.
He said that the new government will put a stop to “VIP culture”.
“We want to stop this VIP culture. Do you like it when a minister is travelling and roads are blocked and traffic jammed for an hour?
“I came to know in European countries, prime ministers are seen standing at bus stops. We need such type of culture. It will take time. But we will do it,” Kejriwal said, addressing thousands of AAP supporters at the sprawling Ramlila Maidan after taking oath as Delhi’s chief minister.