New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal, a civil society activist whose Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had stunned mainstream political parties in the recent assembly elections in Delhi, will take over as Chief Minister later this week with the support of Congress, which had ruled the national capital for 15 years in a row before its rout.
45-year-old Kejriwal, a former Indian Revenue Service officer, met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today and handed over him a letter staking claim to form government after his party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) met earlier and decided to take the plunge.
A Magsaysay award winner, a one-time RTI activist and a close associate of Anna Hazare during his campaign for a Janlokpal Bill, Kejriwal will be sworn-in in a public ceremony in the Ramlila Maidan, the venue of Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement two years ago.
He said he would table a confidence motion in the assembly and “let’s see what happens”. This will be the capital’s first minority government.
The date and timing of the swearing-in ceremony would be decided once President Pranab Mukherjee gives his decision, Jung told Kejriwal when he met him.
Born in Haryana and a resident of Kausambi in nearby Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh, the IIT-Kharagpur graduate in Mechanical Engineering, defeated incumbent Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit in New Delhi by a huge margin of over 25,000 votes.
The Lt Governor told Kejriwal that he would send the proposal of government making to the President for his decision.
Later, Kejriwal said his government would implement all the promises made in the party manifesto.
Electricity, water, enactment of Janlokpal and ending VIP culture.
“Our 18-point charter will form the guiding light of our governance. We didn’t ask for support. If parties don’t us, we are ready to face elections again,” he said.