Amidst slogans of ‘Dil Diya Hai Jaan Bhi Denge’,‘Aam Aadmi Ki Jeet’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kejriwal at the historic Ramlila Maidan here.

Kejriwal, 45, was administered oath by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung at a function that has drawn thousands of supporters and citizens of Delhi who have a lot of expectations from him.

Kejriwal’s council of ministers-Manish Sisodia, Rakhi Birla, Saurabh Bharadwaj, Somnath Bharti, Satyendra Jain and Girish Soni-also took oath on the occasion.

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“This fight is not to make Arvind a Chief Minister. This is another freedom struggle to free India from corruption. We will start the work immediately," Kejriwal told the media before leaving his residence in Kaushambi, Ghaziabad for the swearing-in ceremony.
Kejriwal once again dedicated the Aam Aadmi Party’s victory in the December 4 Delhi Assembly polls 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.

Kejriwal said he will start working immediately after taking oath of office. Kejriwal told the media.

Kejriwal announces portfolios, keeps key positions

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who chaired his first Cabinet meeting on Saturday, distributed portfolios among his six ministers.

Arvind Kejriwal's Council of Ministers

Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Somnath Bharti, Girish Soni, Saurabh Bhardwaj, Satyendra Jain and Rakhi Birla

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Home, Finance, Vigilance, Power Planning and Services departments: 45-year-old Kejriwal is a Magsaysay award winner who quit Indian Revenue Services to fight graft and shot into limelight as an RTI activist and later with Jan Lokpal bill agitation.

Manish Sisodia, (Education, PWD, Urban Development, Local Bodies and Land and Building departments): A trusted aide of Kejriwal, Sisodia came to prominence during Anna Hazare's movement for Janlokpal Bill in 2011. The 41-year-old journalist turned-activist-turned- politician defeated BJP's Nakul Bhardwaj by over 11,000 votes from Patparganj constituency in East Delhi.

Somnath Bharti, (Administrative Reforms, Law, Tourism and Culture): Another IITian in Kejriwal’s cabinet, Bharti is an MLA from Malviya Nagar. He holds a Master's degree from IIT, Delhi, and a degree in law. The 39-year-old defeated BJP's Arti Mehra and another Delhi government minister Kiran Walia.

Saurabh Bhardwaj,Transport Ministry: An engineering graduate who had also studied law, Bhardwaj is another face in Kejriwal's team. The 34-year-old defeated Ajay Kumar Malhotra, son of veteran BJP leader V K Malhotra, by a margin of around 13,000 votes from Greater Kailash constituency.
    
Satyendra Jain, Health Ministry: MLA from Shakur Basti (North), Jain is an architect by profession. Satyendra used to work in CPWD but fed up with the level of corruption in the department, he quit his job and started providing architecture consultancy. He actively joined during the Jan Lokpal movement and then joined AAP when the political party came into being.

Rakhi Birla, (Social Welfare and Women and Child Development departments): She had emerged as a giant killer after thumping four-time MLA and PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan in the Sheila Dikshit government in Mangolpuri by around 10,500 votes. Before joining AAP, Birla had worked with a private news channel. She had also been working in collaboration with social organisations for the causes of Valmiki community. Birla hails from Valmiki community and her father was associated with Congress for a long time but quit the party in 2011 during the Janlokpal movement.

Girish Soni, (Labour, Development and SC,ST departments): An MLA from Madipur, he had participated in Bijli-Pani agitation of the Aam Aadmi Party and motivated people to join the agitation. He was associated with Bharat Naujawan Sabha in 1980. He was the general secretary of the party in Madipur.

Kejriwal pays homage at Rajghat

Soon after the swearing-in ceremony, Kejriwal headed straight to Rajghat to pay homage at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial.

Kejriwal offered flowers at the shining granite memorial to the Mahatma and bowed his head along with some of his colleagues and supporters who accompanied him.

Leaders at Kejriwal's swearing-in ceremony

Hazare and his associate Kiran Bedi, who were invited to the function, kept away from it as did several political leaders including outgoing Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. BJP leader Harsh Vardhan, who would be the Leader of the Opposition in the new Assembly, was the lone prominent politician to be present. Kejriwal even praised him as an honest person. Shoiab Iqbal, JD-U MLA, was also present.

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Kejriwal sings song of brotherhood, crowd joins

In keeping with his down-to-earth image, Kejriwal capped his maiden speech with a song of brotherhood to unite people against divisiveness and injustice.

"Insaan se insaan ka ho bhaichara, yehi hai paigam hamara (people should have brotherly relations, this is our message)," he sang to loud cheers.

"Harek mahal se kaho ke/ Jhopdiyo me diye jalaye/Chhoto aur bado me ab/Koi phrak nahi rah jaye.(There should be no differences between rich and poor, from palace should resound the message, lamps should light up huts)"

The song is from an old Bollywood film "Paigham" and was sung by Manna Dey. The revolutionary song was penned by Pradeep.

It was quite unlike what any chief minister has done in India so far. But Kejriwal struck an immediate chord with the masses at Ramlila Maidan, where he took oath. The massive crowd joined him in singing the song.

Kejriwal would sing the song during his many anti-corruption campaigns in the capital.

"Sab ke liye sukh ka barabar ho batwara, yehi paigam hamara (There should be equal happiness for all, this is our message)," he sang.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Maiden Speech
"People felt that bad politics had destroyed everything. But the people of Delhi proved that even honest people can fight and win elections,” he said.

"Kejriwal or his ministers cannot fight this battle all alone... But I am convinced that if the people of Delhi get together, then we can eradicate corruption," he further said.

In the face of rising expectations from his government, Kejriwal advised patience and said he had no "magic wand" to solve all their problems. "We do not believe we have all the answers to all the problems, or that God has given wisdom only to us. But if we all get together, then there is no problem that cannot be resolved," he said.

He made it clear that the AAP government would not be run by politicians, officials and police but by ordinary people. "This is your government."

Kejriwal recalled that Gandhian activist Anna Hazare, who he regards as his guru, used to say that politics was dirty. "I used to tell him that if it were so, then we will have to plunge into this muck to clean it up."

Ascribing all the ills of the nation to "dirty politics", Kejriwal said his meetings in the past few days with officials in Delhi made it clear that most of them were honest.

"Delhi's bureaucracy will have to join hands with the people ... so that we can ride this country of corruption and banish poverty."

He warned that those upset by the AAP's victory "won't keep quiet. "They will create many obstacles... I am getting a lot of information. It is not correct for me to make these public now. I am convinced they are going to create roadblocks."

He said that if the AAP failed to prove its majority, "we will return to the people... People are ready for (fresh) elections. “And in the next election, the AAP will be returned to power with a thumping majority."

'Don’t refuse bribe, instead do a setting'

Suggesting a unique way of trapping corrupt officials, Kejriwal asked Delhiites that if somebody asks for bribe then not "don't refuse them".

"Instead, do a 'setting'. We will give you a phone number within two days, where you can complain about such bureaucrats and we catch them red-handed," he said.
  
Later at Rajghat, Kejriwal said that corrupt officials "need not worry" and they should start working honestly.

I have Anna's best wishes, says Kejriwal

Kejriwal said that he had received a message of greetings from veteran social activist and his guru Anna Hazare.

Kejriwal said Hazare has also extended his "best wishes" to the new Aam Aadmi Party government.

Hazare, who had been invited to attend the ceremony, expressed his inability due to ill health.

Kejriwal and ministers wore common, everyday dress

All the seven people who took oath as ministers in Delhi's new government, including Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, wore their trademark white sidecaps emblazoned with the party’'s name on one side and slogans on other in Hindi saying "I seek full freedom" and "I seek self-rule" and "I am a common man".

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All were dressed simply in pullover and trousers. None wore formal suits or even jackets. Many wore colourful, everyday shirts in keeping with their 'common man' image. Kejirwal wore a checked shirt.

The only woman, Rakhi Birla, just 26, wore pink kameez and a black sleeveless jacket over a white salwar.

Earlier each of them had travelled like common commuters by Metro from their homes to the Ramlila Maidan, shunning the usual trappings of power like big cars and security cavalcade.

Thousands pack Ramlila Maidan

Tens of thousands of people packed the Ramlila Maidan for the swearing-in ceremony of the AAP leader. Large crowds began gathering at the sprawling ground in the heart of Delhi from early in the morning to see Kejriwal being sworn in along with six ministers.

The posters and hoardings on display at the Ramlila Maidan read ‘Aaj Ka CM Kal Ka PM’ with AAP supporters expressing confidence that Kejriwal was the apt person to lead the nation in future with assertions that making the impossible is possible for him.

‘My brother's will-power is very strong’


"My brother's will-power is very strong," said his sister Ranjana Gupta, who also took the same Metro train after reaching Delhi with her doctor-husband from Haridwar.

"Just give him time... I am sure he will fulfill all the promises he has made," she added.

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Kejriwal sings song of brotherhood, crowd joins
In keeping with his down-to-earth image, Kejriwal capped his maiden speech with a song of brotherhood to unite people against divisiveness and injustice.

"Insaan se insaan ka ho bhaichara, yehi hai paigam hamara (people should have brotherly relations, this is our message)," he sang to loud cheers.

"Harek mahal se kaho ke/ Jhopdiyo me diye jalaye/Chhoto aur bado me ab/Koi phrak nahi rah jaye.(There should be no differences between rich and poor, from palace should resound the message, lamps should light up huts)"

The song is from an old Bollywood film "Paigham" and was sung by Manna Dey. The revolutionary song was penned by Pradeep.

It was quite unlike what any chief minister has done in India so far. But Kejriwal struck an immediate chord with the masses at Ramlila Maidan, where he took oath. The massive crowd joined him in singing the song.

Kejriwal would sing the song during his many anti-corruption campaigns in the capital.

"Sab ke liye sukh ka barabar ho batwara, yehi paigam hamara (There should be equal happiness for all, this is our message)," he sang.
Kejriwal and ministers wore common, everyday dress
All the seven people who took oath as ministers in Delhi's new government, including Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, wore their trademark white sidecaps emblazoned with the party’'s name on one side and slogans on other in Hindi saying "I seek full freedom" and "I seek self-rule" and "I am a common man".

All were dressed simply in pullover and trousers. None wore formal suits or even jackets. Many wore colourful, everyday shirts in keeping with their 'common man' image. Kejirwal wore a checked shirt.

The only woman, Rakhi Birla, just 26, wore pink kameez and a black sleeveless jacket over a white salwar.

Earlier each of them had travelled like common commuters by Metro from their homes to the Ramlila Maidan, shunning the usual trappings of power like big cars and security cavalcade.