Aam Aadmi Party all set to sit on Delhi throne

Leaders ask party workers to watch the film Nayak; Kejriwal to take oath as CM on Wednesday.

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal is all set to take oath as Delhi’s Chief Minister on Wednesday. Departing from the usual practice of taking oath at Raj Bhavan, the AAP intends to adopt a radical way of holding the ceremony either at Jantar Mantar or Ramlila Maidan, from where the year-old party had launched an anti-corruption crusade against the political establishment.

While the AAP legislators would now be called “jan sevaks (public servants),” sources said the party leadership has even asked them to watch the Anil Kapoor-starring film Nayak, in which the protagonist, who becomes Chief Minister for a day, takes on the corrupt to cleanse the system.

The AAP’s decision to form a minority government backed by Congress, which has eight MLAs, is driven by the overwhelming response that the party has received from people who want it to assume power in Delhi.

Sources close to Kejriwal said that the party leadership on Saturday decided to stake claim for government formation in Delhi. "All of our candidates who contested in the recent elections have told us that the voters in their respective constituencies want the AAP to form government. How can we shy away from this responsibility,” a AAP leader said.

It is learnt that the party leadership had even held a secret meeting with the newly-elected members at a resort in south Delhi. “The primary aim of the meeting was to apprise the MLAs about their role and responsibilities in running the new government,” a senior AAP leader said.

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