Kejriwal takes oath for the third time as Delhi CM; education and health to stay the focus of his governance
On Sunday, over 50,000 AAP supporters turned up to witness Arvind Kejriwal taking the oath of the Chief Minister’s office for the third time in a row. During the swearing-in ceremony at Delhi’s iconic Ramleela ground, Kejriwal said that education and health will remain at the centre of his governance model. Asiaville spoke to musician Vishal Dadlani, the man behind the #LageRahoKejriwal campaign song, AAP IT Cell members, and the party supporters.
Delhi’s iconic Ramleela ground has stood witness to India’s biggest anti-graft movement – India Against Corruption. Arvind Kejriwal was one of the key minds behind the massive movement which turned the tides against the Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre. On February 16, the same ground witnessed Kejriwal's rise as a three-time Chief Minister of Delhi.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) crushed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress in the recently concluded Delhi assembly election. Kejriwal’s party won 62 of 70 assembly constituencies.
On Sunday, Kejriwal made it clear that the education and health sectors will remain the focus of his government. He also said that his government is ready to work with everyone irrespective of their political affiliation.
“I will coordinate and cooperate with the Central government for Delhi’s development,” he said, while addressing thousands of party workers and supporters.
“Henceforth, 2 crores Delhiwallahs are my family,” Kejriwal said. He further added that setting aside their immediate political identity, every Delhi resident can approach him freely. He also hit back at those who were targeting his party for providing freebies to Delhi residents.
Dadlani speaks to Asiaviile
Famous musician Vishal Dadlani who had composed and penned AAP’s campaign song – Lage Raho Kejriwal, spoke to Asiavile at the Ramleela ground. He said that while the 2015 campaign song was about “hope”, the 2020 song was all about the work done by the government, as well as the Aam Admi Party’s vision for the coming years. Listen in:
The Aam Aadmi Party won 62 assembly seats and clinched nearly 54 per cent vote share. Of nine women candidates fielded by the party, eight managed to win the polls with an impressive mandate.
Notably, Kejriwal’s cabinet remains unchanged, and six ministers took the oath on Sunday along with the Delhi CM. Manish Sisodia, Satyender Jain, Gopal Rai, Kailash Gehlot, Imran Hussain, and Rajendra Pal Gautam were administered the oath of the office by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
The oath-taking ceremony also witnessed unprecedented participation of aam aadmi (common people) as special official guests at the event. The AAP had set up two galleries parallel to the main stage where the oath-taking was being administered. The galleries had “50 makers of Delhi”, comprising Delhi government school teachers, doctors, auto drivers, bus marshals, and farmers. Kejriwal said, “Politicians come and go. It is lakhs of teachers, doctors, farmers and street-vendors, and auto wallahs who continue to run Delhi."
The AAP won 62 assembly seats and clinched nearly 54 per cent of the vote share. Of nine women candidates fielded by the party, eight managed to win the polls with an impressive mandate. Rakhi Birla, who won the assembly election for the third time in a row, spoke to Asiaville:
In the run-up for the Delhi 2020 assembly polls, the AAP’s social media team managed to get everyone’s attention. They used creative memes, politically lethal spoof videos, and hashtags which kept trending throughout the electoral season. Ankit Lal, head of AAP’s social media team, revealed the brain behind the memes which went viral this election season.