Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as Chief Minister of Delhi
The top-most leader of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Arvind Kejriwal, sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Delhi. He was administered the oath by the Lieutenant Governor of the capital Najeeb Jung.
Along with Kejriwal, six others: Manish Sisodia, Girish Soni, Rakhi Birla, Satyendra Jain, Saurabh Bharadwaj and Somnath Bharti, took oath as ministers. The AAP has come to power after winning 28 seats out of 70 in the recently held assembly polls in Delhi. Although it didn’t have the majority, the Congress party extended its unconditional support to AAP for forming government. Now, Kejriwal government has the task to deliver on the promises they have made which include cutting down electricity tarriff and improve water supply to all parts of the national capital.
The new government has to prove majority in the assembly on January 2, 2014.
Born: August 16, 1968 in Siwani in Haryana
- Education: Graduated in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur
- Worked for the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) as a Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax Department.
- Instrumental in drafting a proposed Jan Lokpal Bill and his efforts to bring and implement the Right to Information (RTI) Act at grassroots level.
- 2012: Launched Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which ousted the Shiela Dixit’s regime of Congress after winning 2013 Assembly polls.
- In the assembly elections he defeated his rival Shiela Dixit by a huge margin of 25, 864 votes.
- Became the second youngest Chief Minister of Delhi. Chaudhry Brahm Prakash was the youngest Chief Minsiter at 34 when he took over in 1952.