NEW DELHI - Arvind Kejriwal, whose one year old party AAP has rewritten the grammar of politics in Delhi and may possibly do so elsewhere in India, on Dec. 28 took oath as Delhi Chief Minister promising a corruption-free government and new style of governance without arrogance of power. 45-year-old Kejriwal, a former Revenue Service official, who broke from Anna Hazare’s campaign for Lokpal and scored a stunning debut in electoral politics winning 28 of the 70 seats, took the oath of office and secrecy at a public ceremony in the historic Ramlila Maidan, the fast venue of the anti-graft campaigners more than two years ago.
Sporting his trademark Gandhi cap proclaiming that “I am an aam admi’, Kejriwal wore a blue pullover over bush shirt and trousers discarding the traditional ‘kurta-pyjama’ of politicians. Hazare and his associate Kiran Bedi, who were invited to the function, kept away from it as did several political leaders including outgoing Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.BJP leader Harsh Vardhan, who would be the Leader of the Opposition in the new Assembly, was the lone prominent politician to be present. Kejriwal even praised him as an honest person. Shoiab Iqbal, Janta Dal (United) legislator, was also present.
In a short speech after the formalities were over, Kejriwal said the Aam Admi Party has come with a promise to provide governance different from the one given by corrupt parties. Fulfilling its poll promise, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi on Dec. 30 announced 667 litres of free water daily for domestic consumption to each household having metered connection in the capital.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Delhi Jal Board chaired by new Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his residence here in Kausambi. “All the domestic consumers having metered connection will get 20 kilolitres of water free of cost from January 1. We will not even levy any existing charges such as water cess and sewerage charge,” newly-appointed Delhi Jal Board CEO Vijay Kumar told reporters. He, however, said if the consumption limit crosses 20 kilolitres, then the consumer will have to pay for the water and other charges. Kumar was appointed CEO of DJB on Dec. 29 evening in place of Debashree Mukherjee who is understood to have reservation over supplying water free of cost. In its election manifesto, the Aam Admi Party had announced that 700 litres of free water will be supplied daily to each household if it comes to power. Last month, Delhi Jal Board had planned to increase the water tariff by 10 per cent from January to improve its finances. (PTI)