Anti-corruption champion Kejriwal taking oath of office
Author: Dr. Abdul Ruff Edited by: DIVAS
When people trust a party and elect it in preference to other important national parties, people expect quite a lot from the party and trust its ability to deliver. When the party assuming power signals to protect people’s interests, nation feels safe and secure.
This exactly has happened in Delhi state of India where people opted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) by rejecting other national parties like Congress and BJP and entrusted the mandate to the new leadership to govern honestly and sincerely for the welfare of Delhiites.
History was made on 28th December when Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) founder leader Arvind Kejriwal took oath as Delhi’s seventh and youngest chief minister of Delhi state at the Ramlila Maidan, watched by tens of thousands of excited supporters at the venue and on live television around the country.
Wearing his trademark white cap, Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in as Delhi’s youngest chief minister, as an estimated one lakh people cheered for him at Ram Lila Maidan, a massive public park in the heart of the city. It was the culmination of a momentous campaign for people’s rights that was mounted by Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), formed only a year ago and recognized just a few months ago.
Along with Kejirwal were sworn in six of his relatively youthful ministers by Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung amid a crescendo of cheers and claps from his white cap-waving sea of supporters and voters who reposed faith in him and his promises to “change the system”.
Along with Kejriwal, other AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Kumar Jain and Somnath Bharti, Rakhi Birla, Saurabh Bharadwaj, Girish Soni also took oath as cabinet ministers. Kejriwal said that he will keep the home ministry, finance, planning, and vigilance and power ministries to himself.
Following the swearing-in ceremony, Kejriwal in a speech at the Ram Lila Maidan announced a special number which will bring corrupt government officers to book. Delhi’s new CM Kejriwal in a speech appealed to his newly sworn in ministers to never become arrogant during their tenure. Kejriwal sweared he would never take bribes or give bribes, and asked the public to report to a special number, If anyone asked for a bribe.
After announcing the ministries, Arvind Kejriwal held his first Cabinet meeting in which he warned his party members, MLAs and his ministers of not growing the kind of hubris that can fell a party. “Never let pride grow inside you. Let it never happen that like we had to finish corrupt parties, some other party has to come up to end our hubris.”
Kejriwal also asked the ministers to always meet the people of their constituencies with folded hands, a sign of respect. He specifically also warned party workers to not do anything that betrays audacity, pride in having won.
Part naive, part melodramatic, part idealistic, Arvind Kejriwal strikes a chord as the aam aadmi or the common man CM of Delhi In his first address as the chief minister of Delhi. Kerjriwal hit several right notes – some perfectly in line with the traditional style of Indian politicking, some surprisingly unaffected, some high on idealism and some laudably sharp.
Kejriwal started his speech with a call media have now come to associate with Narendra Modi – “Bharat Mata ki Jai”. However, he quickly followed it up with a hint of the revolutionary streak in his party. He shouted ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ immediately after.
With doubts already making the rounds about the Kejriwal government’s abilities to keep promises, the cabinet has to get cracking on providing free 700 litres of water and subsidizing electricity bills immediately. Kejriwal said he will start working immediately after taking oath as Delhi’s chief minister Saturday, adding that he had Gandhian activist Anna Hazare’s “best wishes”.
A failure of the AAP government has high chances of being made out as a fall-out of the non-cooperation or non performance of the bureaucrats. Now the officers too will have to take these expectations seriously and serve the people of Delhi. Kejriwal tackled the bureaucracy as his biggest challenge while running a government. It is difficult to work with the existing ranks of bureaucrats and bureaucracy.
In a moment of near-brutal honesty Kejriwal admitted that the magnitude of the responsibility that has been placed on his shoulders scares him. With this declaration, Kejriwal, at least verbally addressed similar apprehensions among his voters and supporters.
It is important here to notice, that Kejriwal’s governance pitch, continued to be one that demands honest and zealous participation from the people of Delhi, he then made the huge crowd at the Ramlila Maidan take an oath of honesty with him. Curiously enough, large sections of the crowd repeated with him, “We will neither give bribes, nor take bribes.”
Then, bringing in a hint of fun to the sombre occasion, he first apologized for his bad singing skills, but anyway went on to sing the party’s anthem in a wobbly, mostly out-of-tune voice. People saw in Kejriwal a very aam aadmi-like leader they longed to see for too long.
Congress party may not pull down the AAP government right now and the government would survive without difficulty because Congress party would not gain anything if they do it now.
Generally, after the elections, the ruling party just ignores the voters and keep them out of bound for the swearing in ceremony and onward. Anti-corruption is the slogan of the AAP party and the party now should make this theme of the government at all levels.