Shiela takes oath as Delhi Chief Minister


Devika Malik,CNN-IBN
Dec 17, 2008 at 10:33pm IST

New DelhiL: Delhi's new Cabinet was sworn in on Wednesday at Raj Niwas by Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna with Shiela Dikshit taking the oath as the Chief Minister for a third time.

While most of the ministers in the previous government retained their Cabinet posts, Kiran Walia has been made a minister for the first time.

The function was attended by several MLAs, Municipal Councillors and Congress MPs.

After the swearing in ceremony Dikshit outlined her priorities

"We have to continue the work. We have to respect the mandate of the people which has been quite historical," said Dikshit.

It was a big day not just for Dikshit making her the longest serving woman chief minister in the country but for Walia as well.

And its women's issues that the Malviya Nagar MLA said she would focus on.

"I know the kind of problems women face from domestic violence, to economic empowerment, to safety," said Walia.

The room for Walia was made at the cost of veteran party leader and former Cabinet minister Yoganand Shastri who's now touted to become the Speaker in the Assembly.

The rest of the ministry was the same. Haroon Yusuf, AK Walia, Mangat Ram Singhal, Arvinder Singh Lovely and Raj Kumar Chauhan all retained their posts in the Cabinet. The portfolios are expected to be announced on Thursday.

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