Kejriwal in fast lane: Swearing in on Dec 28, proof of majority on Jan 3

Kejriwal chooses a Saturday for swearing in ceremony making sure that people swarm the ceremony.

When Arvind Kejriwal started the anti-corruption movement with Anna Hazae, they chose the weekends at first for the simple reason of giving people a convenient time to know them. Saturdays and Sundays then were like never before. People used to swarm Jantar Mantar and Ramlila ground to join Anna and Kejriwal. It was a little weekend magic created by them.

Now, the weekend magic is back with Kejriwal deciding to take oath on December 28, a Saturday. It was clear by Kejriwal’s tweet too which read: “Oath-taking ceremony on Saturday at noon. I appeal to all Delhiites to join. It is not my victory, it is their victory. I am not forming government, it is the people of Delhi who are forming government. It is your ceremony. All of you came to Ramlila Maidan in August 2011. We again assemble at Ramlila Maidan. Together, we’ll achieve our dream of corruption-free India.”

Kejriwal will take oath as the Delhi Chief Minister at the Ramlila Maidan. The six-member council of ministers announced by the party on Tuesday will also be sworn in.

President Pranab Mukherjee accepted Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung’s proposal on government formation by the AAP with outside support from the Congress on Tuesday evening. The home ministry later sent the President’s communication to the L-G regarding formation of government by Kejriwal.

Reportedly, Kejriwal has to prove his majority on the floor of the House by January 3 as per the directions of Lt Governor.

The announcement came a day after the reports of feud inside AAP and Congress and there were speculations whether AAP will be able to form the government because of Congress’ confused talks or not. Its MLA Vinod Kumar Binny was reported to have stormed out of a meeting with Kejriwal on Tuesday after being denied a cabinet berth.

But now it seems that the party has resolved all its issues. “I never said anything was wrong. I will work for the party in any respect that it wants me to,” Binny was reported saying in the media.

Speaking to mediapersons, Kejriwal said after the AAP government takes office, 700 litres of free water per household would be arranged for all possible areas within 24 hours, while the Jan Lokpal Bill would be passed within 15 days.

Kejriwal said on Wednesday that he would “personally invite” Hazare. Reportedly, AAP had requested the L-G’s office to send special invites to Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi and Santosh Hegde, who were all involved in the Jan Lokpal movement. But Delhi Chief Secretary D M Spolia denied any information of such request.

Both the BJP and Congress said they would wait for an invite to take a call on whether they would attend the function.

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