Arvind Kejriwal Invites Prime Minister and You to Oath Ceremony

Arvind Kejriwal meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on February 12, 2015.
Arvind Kejriwal meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on February 12, 2015.

The leader of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Arvind Kejriwal met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today and invited him for his oath ceremony as Delhi Chief Minister on Saturday.

Led by Kejriwal, AAP won 67 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly for which the results were declared Tuesday.

AAP has defeated the traditional players Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the election to emerge as a powerful force in the state politics.

[ Delhi Election: AAP Survives, Congress Dies, BJP in Coma ]

Although AAP positions itself as an anti-corruption political outfit, it had fielded one-third of its election candidates with criminal records.

A leading think tank Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), supported by a political watchdog Delhi Election Watch, had revealed before the election that 23 (33%) of 70 AAP candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Out of these 23 AAP candidates with criminal records, 22 have won the election and they will now be part of the AAP government in Delhi.

[ Read: Surprisingly, Aam Aadmi Party Prefers Clean Politics ]

It will be the second stint for Kejriwal as the Chief Minister of Delhi. In the last Delhi election, he had managed to become the Chief Minister with support from Congress. But he could stay in the post just for 49 days – from December 28, 2013 to February 14, 2014.

Kejriwal will take oath as Delhi chief minister on Saturday at Delhi’s Ramlila Ground – for which he has invited all of you.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

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