Delhi 2020

Arvind Kejriwal to be sworn in as Chief Minister of Delhi on February 16 at Ramlila Maidan

AAP leader Manish Sisodia addresses a press conference in New Delhi a day after the party swept the 2020 Assembly polls, Wednesday, February 12, 2020

AAP leader Manish Sisodia addresses a press conference in New Delhi a day after the party swept the 2020 Assembly polls, Wednesday, February 12, 2020   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

AAP MLAs chose Mr. Kejriwal as the leader of the legislature party.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal will take oath for the third time as Delhi Chief Minister at Ramlila Maidan on Sunday, along with his Cabinet members, the party said on Wednesday. 

Mr. Kejriwal was elected leader of the AAP Legislature Party on Wednesday, senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said at a press conference. 

Mr. Kejriwal called on Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal earlier in the day. 

The party also sent a letter to the Lt. Governor, staking claim to form the government, a party insider said.

Hours after the results were out on Tuesday, a 45-year-old AAP volunteer was shot dead and another was injured after unidentified persons allegedly fired at the open car of Mehrauli MLA Naresh Yadav while he was returning from a temple following his victory.

The AAP won 62 of the 70 seats in the Assembly. In 2015, it had won 67 seats. 

“Now the party will focus on strengthening the organisation beyond Delhi, and the government will focus on governance in Delhi. A meeting of the party’s national executive will be called within a month of the oath taking ceremony to decide on plans for elections in other States,” a senior leader said. 

The senior leader said a membership campaign would be conducted across the country.

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Addressing reporters, party spokesperson Jasmine Shah said the party had received five lakh missed calls in a number announced on Tuesday for the people to be a part of the AAP for “nation-building”.

He said the party’s focus would now be on delivering on its promises to the people of Delhi, and the Delhi municipality election in 2022. 

Mr. Sisodia said, “...I appeal to the people of Delhi to reach [the venue] in large numbers and give him [Mr. Kejriwal] your love and blessings. I want to appeal to people of Delhi to take a pledge, along with Arvind Kejriwal, that we all will together take Delhi above politics of hatred and make Delhi a model of development, where education, health, water and electricity will form the core of politics.” 

But Mr. Sisodia did not reveal who will be part of the Cabinet. However, the party has “decided to retain the Cabinet as it considers the mandate as a vote for continuity,” a party insider said.

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Calling the victory a bumper win, Mr. Sisodia said, “Today, patriotism’s meaning is to provide good healthcare for everyone in the country. Today, the meaning of nationalism is to give affordable electricity, water, and security to women. And the people of Delhi have approved this type of politics...” 

“Delhi’s people have given one more message that Arvind Kejriwal is our son, our brother. There was a lot of effort to spread hatred," he added. The public oath-taking programme is expected to begin at 10 am on Sunday. 

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