- Arvind Kejriwal to take oath as Chief Minister for third term on Feb 16
- He met Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal day after results
- Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won 62 of 70 seats in the Delhi assembly election
Arvind Kejriwal, who returned to power in Delhi with his stunning election victory, will take oath as the Chief Minister of Delhi for the third consecutive term on Sunday, February 16. The oath-taking ceremony will take place at Ramlila Maidan. Mr Kejriwal will be sworn in along with his team of ministers.
"We will be holding the oath-taking ceremony on Sunday at 10 am... Everyone in Delhi is invited to come and bless their son, their brother, Arvind Kejriwal and take an oath for a better Delhi," top AAP leader Manish Sisodia said during a press conference along with Mr Kejriwal.
Mr Kejriwal, 51, met Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal this morning. The meeting at Lieutenant Governor's residence lasted for around 15 minutes. Sources said the two discussed the oath-taking ceremony which could take place over the weekend.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief also met the party MLAs today. The legislators then elected him as the leader of the legislative party. After this, he will stake claim to form government.
Ahead of the oath, as per procedure, Mr Kejriwal is also likely to give his resignation to pave the way for his fresh swearing-in as the Chief Minister.
While cabinet portfolios have not been announcement, there is a buzz that Raghav Chadha will be made Finance Minister and Atishi, Education Minister, in Mr Kejriwal's new cabinet.
Mr Kejriwal's AAP had a landslide victory, winning 62 of the 70 seats in the Delhi assembly in the face of a high-voltage campaign by the BJP, which fielded a battery of Union Ministers and Chief Ministers in its campaign, spearheaded by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
The BJP was confined to a single-digit score, 8 seats, but an improvement on its 2015 tally of three. The opposition and AAP hailed the mandate as one against the divisive campaign of the BJP. Mr Kejriwal had steered clear of controversy, focussing instead on bread-and-butter issues like power and water, education, health and environment. The Congress, which ruled Delhi for 15 years till 2013, won zero seats.
Mr Kejriwal had said the AAP's victory signalled the victory of a "new kind of politics". "People of Delhi have given a message that they will vote for schools, mohalla clinics, 24-hour electricity and free water. This is a great message for the country," he said on Tuesday evening, addressing a huge crowd at the AAP office.