Kejriwal to share stage with 60 ‘architects of Delhi’ in swearing-in ceremony

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Delhi Police have issued a traffic advisory for Sunday when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal is all set to take oath for the third time as the chief minister.

The ceremony scheduled at the Ramlila Ground in the national capital. Also, traffic regulations will be in place in the area from 8 am to 2pm, officials said.

In an advisory, police said people will have to park their cars at the Civic Centre and behind it. Buses will have to be parked on Mata Sundri Road, Power House Road, Velodrome Road, Rajghat parking, Shanti Van parking and service roads in Rajghat and Samta Sthal as per requirements, the advisory said.

Delhi’s chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal will share the stage with a group of 60 people, being called ‘Delhi ke nirmata’ (architects of Delhi), drawn from different walks of life this Sunday when the AAP convener will the take oath of office and secrecy at central Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan — the place where the AAP was born out of an anti-corruption movement.

While chief ministers of other states and leaders from other parties not invited. However, an invitation has been sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also, the seven BJP MPs from the city said senior AAP leader Gopal Rai. He said a letter sent to the PMO.

Arvind Kejriwal will share the stage with a group of 60 people

Other senior party members said the invitation to the PM was “protocol”. It was, however, not clear whether Modi would attend the swearing-in ceremony. According to his schedule, the Prime Minister is traveling to his parliamentary constituency. However, Varanasi, on Sunday to inaugurate over 30 projects, news agencies reported.

A quick draft on the idea of the chief minister sharing stage with commoners – under the banner ‘Delhi ke nirmaata’ – sent to Kejriwal’s office on Friday, a senior AAP functionary said.

The group would represent occupations such as doctors, teachers, pharmacists, sanitation workers, bus conductors, bus drivers, marshals deployed for women security, auto-rickshaw drivers, farmers, Anganwadi workers, athletes, IIT and medical students enrolled under scholarships, PWD engineers and architects and delivery agents from the government’s doorstep delivery scheme, among others.

The guests will choose on the basis of performance in their occupations

A senior AAP leader said, “The guests will choose on the basis of performance in their occupations that recognized by the governments. Also, civic agencies or media, or on the basis of reference from department heads in some cases.”

Till late Friday evening, the party functionaries shortlisted few names which included those of a bus marshal who rescued a minor girl from abducted. However, a factory owner, a principal whose school was one of the top performers in the last board exams. Also, the chief architect of the Signature Bridge. However, and two athletes who have won the Bronze Medal in the Olympics. Also, said the AAP functionary adding, all invitations will be sent on Saturday.

Responding to the AAP’s plan, Delhi BJP’s media convener Neelkant Bakshi said, “It is their show. Let them do what they want to.” Praveen Rai, the political analyst with the Centre for Study of Developing Societies. Also, said: “Arvind Kejriwal not inviting any other chief minister or political leader from non-BJP ruled states. However, a clear signal that the party does not want to engage in any ideological posturing at this juncture.

The AAP won a thumping majority of 62 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly

“As far as inviting common people to share the stage with him during the oath-taking ceremony, it is a reaffirmation of its faith on citizens of Delhi and reflection of AAP’s idea of inclusive governance. It also sends out a loud political message that the AAP does not believe in VIP culture and celebrity endorsements. On the contrary, it wants to share the same space with commoners. Also, seek their blessings for new political innings,” he said.

The AAP, which won a thumping majority of 62 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly, is likely to repeat all its ministers in the Cabinet led by Kejriwal in its third term, senior party leaders indicated, adding deputy chief minister and the five other ministers would also take oath in Ramlila Maidan. In 2015 too, the second consecutive term for the AAP government. Also, the oath-taking ceremony held at Ramlila Maidan.

On Friday, the party urged all residents of the city to attend the event scheduled. At 10 am Sunday through newspaper advertisements.

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