Kejriwal, AAP leaders arrive at Ram Lila Ground for swearing-in ceremony

New Delhi, Dec.28: Delhi chief minister designate and Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal and other ministers designate have reached the Ram Lila Ground here, where they will take oath of office at noon.

Kejriwal and others arrived at the venue on a Delhi Metro train from his residence in Kausambhi, Ghaziabad, amidst tight security.

A huge crowd of AAP supporters has gathered at the venue for the historic swearing-in ceremony. The place is choc-a-bloc with supporters carrying coloured baloons, the tricolour and wearing AAP caps. Patriotic songs heralding India as a democratic nation are also blaring from megaphones at the venue.

Earlier,Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and other AAP supporters took the train from Kausambi Metro station around 11 a.m.

Additional security personnel from CISF were deployed at the station. Uttar Pradesh Police personnel have also been deployed around Kausambi metro station.

Kejriwal had said on Friday that he will take the metro to Ramlila Maidan to take oath as the Delhi chief minister.

On Saturday, Kejriwal said that the AAP’s fight is not over till the country is free of corruption.

“This fight is not about making Arvind Kejriwal the chief minister of Delhi, but it is start for another fight for independence. This fight will go on till this country is free of corruption and injustice. It is a historic day and a victory for the common man today,” said Kejriwal.

“I think if all the people of this country join hands, then it can be freed of this deep rooted corruption,” he said before taking a metro for his swearing in ceremony.

On being asked about his action plan post his swearing-in as the Chief Minister, he said, “We will start our work the moment our swearing in ceremony is finished,”

Kejriwal will become Delhi’s youngest chief minister today at the age of 45, and will be accompanied by other MLA’s of his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

After the oath-taking ceremony, Kejriwal and AAP legislators will hold their first cabinet meeting. They are expected to work on Sunday as well.

He has been asked to prove his majority in the state assembly by January 3.

His first big challenge is grappling with a 10 per cent hike in CNG prices, announced on Thursday.

Auto drivers in the city, who form a huge section of his supporters, have threatened a strike. (ANI)