Thousands came to Ramlila ground to witness swearing in ceremony of the new Delhi govt
Jasleen Kaur | February 14, 2015
A week after it voted to bring a new government with record seats Delhi celebrated again on Saturday.
All streets leading to the Ramlila ground were showing the story of support and love Arvind Kejriwal has among people. From the New Delhi metro station to the ground, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporters and local shopkeepers were wearing AAP caps.
Thousands came to the Ramlila grounds in central Delhi on Saturday morning to watch Kejriwal take oath as the chief minister of Delhi.
The venue was overflowing with the colour of carnival atmosphere. Ramlila ground was filled with hoardings and flags congratulating Kejriwal and his team for their victory and loudspeakers were blaring patriotic songs.
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People were wearing AAP caps, chanting slogans and holding flags. A huge number of volunteers were also present near metro stations to guide people coming for the ceremony.
‘AAP’ branded soft drinks, with slogan of ‘Drink ‘n’ fight for Right’ were distributed free by AAP volunteers.
Inside, more than 35,000 chairs were placed and huge screens were erected to give a closer view of the oath taking event.
People came from across the city and some with their families. Kejriwal himself had invited people to attend the oath ceremony in large numbers.
Raju Ram, 40 years old, came with his wife, 10 years old daughter and 7 years old son. He works as a mechanic in old Delhi. He said, “I wanted to attend this ceremony, but my children insisted they to come along. We are happy to be part of this historic event.”
Jagjivan Kumar came along with the group of friends from Chhatarpur in south Delhi. He said, "The broom will clean up Delhi again."
Over 3,000 security personnel, from Delhi police, central industrial security force and the Indo-Tibetian Border police, were deployed to manage crowd and maintain security. A large number of CCTV cameras were also placed to keep a close eye on crowd. Drinking water facility was available near the gates. Toilets and dustbins were also placed at the venue.
Kejriwal’s parents were welcomed by huge applause and cheer by supporters. He himself reached the venue before 12 noon and the event started sharp at 12. The volunteers and police managed the crowd really well. Other AAP faces present at the venue included Gul Panag and AAP’s MP Bhagwant Maan.
Manish Sisodia, Asim Ahmad Khan, Sandeep Kumar, Satyendra Jain, Gopal Rai and Jitendra Singh Tomar took oath of office as minister after Kejriwal.
Like last time, Kejriwal addressed the people from the venue. He said people defeated BJP because of arrogance. He promised people of serving them 24 hours, seven days. And that in five years Delhi will become India’s first corruption-free city.
A huge banner of Arvind Kejriwal thanking Delhi for poll win summed up the atmosphere at Ramlila ground.
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