Going a step further from not merely desisting from critiquing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who took the oaths of office and secrecy today at the Ramlila Maidan, sounded like building a bridge between his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and/or the supporters of the two.
Kejriwal took the oath for the third time with his entire cabinet at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan. Addressing the people after being sworn in as chief minister, he referred to Prime Minister Modi and said, “I want to take Delhi forward with the central government — to make Delhi the number one city in the world.”
The chief minister said, “We had sent an invitation to Prime Minister Modi for the oath ceremony but he had a programme in Varanasi; so he could not come. But I want Prime Minister Modi and union ministers to bless us to take Delhi forward.” This was a marked departure from his method of functioning over the past five years when he constantly whined that the central government was not letting him work.
This comes after Sirf News reported yesterday that the AAP had received feedback that being an avowed antagonist or making common cause with such characters of the type did not serve his image well.
Kejriwal said, “This is not my victory; it is the victory of you, the people. It is the victory of every Delhiite. This is the victory of every mother, every sister, every youth, every student. This is the victory of every family in Delhi.”
Kejriwal said that in the last five years it had been his government’s endeavour to bring prosperity and some relief in the life of every citizen of Delhi. “In the last five years, it has been our endeavour to ensure every person of Delhi develops rapidly, and this will be our endeavour in the coming five years as well,” he said.
Kejriwal said, “You may have voted for anyone, but I am the chief minister of all. Even those who vote for AAP, those who vote for BJP, those who vote for Congress.” He said, “Today we have forgiven the opponents who spoke against us during the election campaign.”
The Delhi chief minister has not made any changes in his cabinet. Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai, Kailash Gehlot, Imran Hussain and Rajendra Pal Gautam took the oath of office and official secrecy as ministers.