Dec 28, 2013 at 04:10pm IST

Delhi gets AAP government: How the day progressed

New Delhi: 1:45 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal gets crucial Power, Home, Finance, Planning and Vigilance portfolios. Manish Sisodia gets charge of Education and PWD Ministry in the Delhi government. Rakhi Birla will head Women and Child Development Ministry, Social Justice and Languages while Somnath Bharti will handle Tourism, Law, Administrative reforms in the Delhi government.

12:48 pm: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal pays homage to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

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12:45 pm: Arvind Kejriwal along with other newly sworn-in Delhi government ministers reach Rajghat.

12:42 pm: Bhartiya Janata Party chief Rajnath Singh congratulated Kejriwal and the ministers for taking oath in Delhi. "I wish good luck to Arvind Kejriwal. I hope AAP with the support of Congress gives Delhi a stable government," Singh said.

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12:40 pm: "I am confident that Arvind and his team will do a good job," says Anna Hazare.

12:32 pm: Arvind Kejriwal sings 'Insaan ka insaan se ho bhaichaara, yehi paigaam hamara'.

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12:31 pm: Anna Hazare was against us entering politics but I told him that if it is dirty, we need to be here to clean it," Kejriwal said.

12:30 pm: "We are not here to attain power but to serve the country," Kejriwal said.

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12:30 pm: "Confident that India will become 'sone ki chidiya' again in the next 5 years," said Kejriwal.

12:28 pm: "We are not concerned about the trust vote. If we do not get the trust vote we will come back to our people," Kejriwal said.

12:17 pm: "We have come out to clean the politics. This is a miracle. I want to thank God for the success of our revolution," Kejriwal said.

12:16 pm: "We have showed people that we can fight elections with honesty and can win too," Kejriwal said.

12:15 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal begins his first address by greeting the crowd with 'Inquilab Zindabad'.

12:12 pm: AAP cabinet to meet at 2 pm.

12:11 pm: AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj takes oath as minister in the Delhi Cabinet.

12:08 pm: AAP leader Girish Soni takes oath as minister in the Delhi Cabinet.

12:06 pm: AAP leader Rakhi Birla takes oath as minister in the Delhi Cabinet.

12:05 pm: "May God protect Arvind, his team and Aam Admi who has driven the change in value systems in politics. Good for the entire country! (sic)," Kiran Bedi tweets.

12:04 pm: AAP leader Somnath Bharti takes oath as minister in the Delhi Cabinet.

12:02 pm: AAP leader Manish Sisodia takes oath as minister in the Delhi Cabinet.

12:00 pm: Amid cheers, Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as the Chief Minister of Delhi.

11:57 am: Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP MLAs standing with Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on stage at Ram Lila Maidan.

11:40 am: "Trying to reach Ramlila ground. Was mobbed and nearly crushed by enthusiastic supporters at Barakhamba metro station! (sic)," AAP member Yogendra Yadav tweeted.

11:36 am: Kejriwal along with AAP leaders arrive at the Ramlila Maidan for the swearing-in ceremony.

11:25 am: Arvind Kejriwal, AAP leaders arrive at the Barakhamba road metro station. Kejriwal garlanded at the metro station, gets a hero's welcome.

11:00 am: AAP supporters wait outside Barakhamba Road Metro station for Arvind Kejriwal and others to arrive.

10:55 am: Huge crowds gather a Ramleela Maidan to witness the historic day. People have painted their faces and are carrying flags to show their support for the new government in Delhi.

10:50 am: Arvind Kejriwal boards the metro from Kausambi metro station. He will take the metro till Barakhamba road and will thereafter go to Ramlila Maidan for the swearing-in ceremony.

10:40 am: "This fight is not to make Arvind a CM. This is another freedom struggle to free India from corruption. We will start the work immediately," Kejriwal said.

10:35 am: Just before leaving his residence for the swearing-in ceremony, Kejriwal yet again dedicated the victory of AAP to the common man. "This is just a beginning. We will continue our fight against corruption. Today is a historic day. It is the victory of the common man," he said.

10: 20 am: Anna Hazare writes to Kejriwal to congratulate him. Wishing him well, he expressed his inability to be present for the event.

10:00 am: "Last many yrs pepl of India witnessed a tsunami of exposures revealing collapse of Polity!Solutions are now visible!Time to learn to change! (sic)," Kiran Bedi tweeted.

9:45 am: AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Kumar Vishwas, Girish Soni have reached Kejriwal's residence. They will leave for the swearing-in ceremony soon.

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal is all set to be sworn in as the seventh Chief Minister of Delhi on Saturday. At 45 years four months and 14 days, Kejriwal who was born on August 16, 1968 in Haryana's Siwani will also become the youngest Chief Minister of the city state.

The mega event will be held at the historic Ramlila Maidan and it will be the only second time that a chief minister will be sworn in at an open ground. The first time this happened was in 1996 when BJP's Sahib Singh Verma was administered the oath of office and secrecy at Chhatrasal Stadium. Kejriwal will be sworn in by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung along with six other AAP MLAs.

Kejriwal will board a metro train for the swearing-in ceremony at Ramlila Maidan on Saturday. His six colleagues, who will be made ministers, will also use the metro train from Kaushambi to Barakhamba Road to the venue.

He has also made it clear that no VIP passes have been issued to anyone and the ceremony is open for all "aam aadmis" (common people). He added that his family will also reach the venue just like the other citizens.

However, according to the sources, Kejriwal has requested VIP passes for Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi and former Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde from Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.

Security has been tightened and a central control room has been set up at the venue for real-time monitoring of the event.

Even as Kejriwal takes oath as the Delhi Chief Minister at Ramlila Maidan, a lot of expectations of the 'aam aadmi' lie on his shoulders.

With a steep hike of 4.50 per kg in CNG price, Kejriwal is already facing a daunting task as his party banks heavily on the support of Delhi's over 1 lakh auto drivers. Auto drivers and 10,000 taxi drivers are threatening to go on strike from January 7 if CNG prices that were raised on Thursday are not rolled back.

In order to avoid a tough situation merely days after taking oath, Kejriwal has requested auto drivers not to go on strike. "I appeal to the auto drivers not to go on strike. I request them to give me two days time. If price hike is unavoidable, then auto fares will have to be hiked," he said.

In addition to tackling the issue of an imminent auto and taxi strike, the Aam Aadmi Party also has to focus on fulfilling the poll promise of free water and massive cut in electricity bills. These two promises are rather impractical to implement, say experts.

Sanjay Sharma, a water consultant who advised the AAP, agrees that ensuring water supply to every household in Delhi is a difficult task. The cost if one uses only 700 litres will be zero, according to the AAP manifesto. He said, "Providing 700 litre everyday is a tough job as there is an inequitable distribution of water. It will take time to arrange equitable water supply."

But experts argue that promised 700 litres is a gross overestimation of demand and they say the consumption is not more than 350 litres per day per household.

All eyes are now on the 14-month-old debutant party which registered a thumping victory by winning 28 seats out of 70 in the Delhi Assembly. After assuming office Kejriwal who will become the youngest CM will have a pivotal task in his hand that how soon and how well the AAP is able to fulfill its commitments as the Delhiites are keenly waiting to measure the gap between promise and performance.

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