New Delhi CM sings, makes them a promise: We formed govt to give it back to janata

KejriwalDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI)

He was still dressed in his trademark blue sweater. He still began his speech with "Inquilab zindabad". But this time, there was a different ring to the two words. In his first speech as the Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had formed the government to "give it back to the janata".

Addressing a sea of people, Kejriwal said, "Today is a historic day. It is not just me or six other ministers who have taken oath today. Every resident of Delhi has taken oath with us. We did not come to take control of the government. We formed the government to give it back to the janata."

Holding up Delhi as an example where "politics can be conducted cleanly", he said, "This is only the beginning. It will be complete only when we throw out corruption completely. But I am sure, if Delhi's janata of 1.5 crore stand together as one, we can do it. I don't say that God has given us all the brains in the world... that we have a magic wand that will solve all problems in a day. But together we will run this government."

Kejriwal struck a belligerent note when he spoke of the impending no-confidence motion his party will face next week. "If the no-confidence motion falls, we will come back to the janata and we will win the re-election. We don't believe in jod tod. We left all our careers to cleanse politics. The other parties are worried because of this and are fighting among themselves," he said.

Talking about his mentor Anna Hazare, Kejriwal said, "Anna used to say that politics is dirty. Two-and-a-half years back, Annaji held a 13-day fast to remove corruption and to get the Janlokpal Bill passed. In these last two years, we did every possible thing. We fasted, agitated but nothing happened. Gradually it became clear that without changing country's politics we cannot get rid of corruption."

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