AAP ready to rule Delhi, may have a deputy CM

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday told lieutenant-governor Najeeb Jung that it was ready to form the government in Delhi with the outside support of eight Congress legislators.

AAP chief ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal along with his team of six ministers will take oath in a day or two at a swearing-in ceremony to be held at the Ramlila Grounds, the venue from where the party activists had launched anti-corruption crusade under the leadership of social activist Anna Hazare in 2011.

Kejriwal, a bureaucrat-turned-politician, announced his party’s decision to form the government outside the party office at Ghaziabad.

He said the decision was taken after a meeting of the party’s political affairs committee in which the results of the referendum conducted through public meetings, SMSes, telephone calls and from the feedback received on the website were discussed. After apprising his party’s decision on government formation to the L-G, a beaming

Kejriwal said his request to hold the swearing-in ceremony at Jantar Mantar was not accepted on security grounds. “The L-G said that place would be overcrowded. But he has agreed to hold the ceremony at the Ramlila Grounds.”

Asked when the ceremony would be held, he said, “The L-G said he would finalise the date after seeking permission from the President.” Sources indicated that the swearing-in ceremony may be held on Christmas. “But it can also be held on Thursday.” Kejriwal made it clear that his top priority would be to fulfil all the promises that he had made to the people of Delhi. Asked what would be his top priority, Kejriwal said, “Bijli (electricity) and paani (water). We will sincerely work to fulfil all our promises.” In its election manifesto, AAP had promised to slash power tariff by 50 per cent and provide 700 litres of water free of cost to each household every day. Sources said AAP’s legal team had already drafted a strong anti-corruption law.

“But we want to call it Anna Hazare Lokpal Bill, as it will be a model bill against corruption. All we want is Anna’s permission for using his name,” an AAP leader told this newspaper requesting anonymity.

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