NEW DELHI: Arvind Kejriwal will take oath as Delhi’s chief minister at about noon tomorrow at the Ramlila grounds, a sprawling public park which is now being prepared for the big event. Everyone is invited.
Arvind Kejriwal has recited poetry in radio ads to invite Delhi’s aam aadmi (common man) for his oath ceremony and organisers are preparing to seat 35,000 people. There is also standing space at the park, which can accommodate about 50,000 people.There will be a VIP enclosure, but AAP sources said it would be used for those invited by the Lieutenant Governor and the Central Government. “Our MLAs will not be using it,” an AAP leader said.AAP has invited the Prime Minister, members of the union cabinet and opposition leaders like Ajay Maken and Kiran Bedi for the ceremony. Manish Sisodia, who is tipped to be deputy chief minister, said many of those people have sent regrets as they have other plans, including the PM.Around 3,000 security personnel will man security at the venue. The Security Wing will secure the stage where Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung will administer the oath of office to Mr Kejriwal and six others. 50 CCTV cameras and 12 LCD screens have also been added to the venue.Mr Kejriwal is expected to share with Delhi, his government’s priorities after taking oath. He has already asked Chief Secretary DM Spolia to start work on a roadmap to implement AAP’s 70-point election manifesto.Mr Kejriwal, who has had a fever for the last four days, is expected to leave his residence in Ghaziabad, a Delhi suburb, for the Ramlila grounds at 11 am on Saturday with Manish Sisodia.