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New CM Kejriwal holds meetings at Secretariat

New CM Kejriwal holds meetings at Secretariat
Ministers Manish Sisodia, Asim Ahmed Khan, Sandeep Kumar, Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai and Jitender Singh Tomar also accompanied him.

Kejriwal had a meeting with all his ministers in his office and is believed to have discussed future strategy with them.

Government officials welcomed Kejriwal and other ministers as they reached the Secretariat here.

Immediately, after taking oath, the 46-year-old leader addressed the gathering at Ramlila Ground and unveiled the priorities of his government which included steps against corruption, communal elements, VIP culture and assured Delhiites that his government will fight for full statehood for the national capital.

Warning his party leaders and workers against arrogance, he said it was the reason for the defeat of Congress and BJP, which had bagged a huge majority in Lok Sabha polls just nine months ago.

Kejriwal, who shot into prominence during the agitation led by 77-year-old Anna Hazare in support of Jan Lokpal Bill in 2011, assured the people that his government will bring the bill soon.

"Lokpal Bill is very important, it needs to be passed as soon as possible," he said.

Reacting to recent attacks on churches and a Christian school yesterday in Delhi, he said, "In recent days, we witnessed several communal incidents in Delhi. We witnessed burning of churches. I want to warn the elements who are responsible for these incidents."

"I want to make Delhi a place where people of all religions feel safe," said Kejriwal, asserting that people of all religions, castes and classes voted for AAP.

Emphasising that he wants cooperation and good relations with the Centre, Kejriwal said BJP had promised to grant full statehood to Delhi.

"Before the elections, they had promised this to the people of Delhi. It's not possible for the Centre to take care of important issues related with governance of the state, so I hope the Centre will fulfil their promise," the Chief Minister said.

Cautioning his party, he said, "I can see arrogance in reports that AAP will fight elections in other states.... We have to make sure that we don't get carried away and become arrogant."

Asserting that his government will not spare anyone who commits wrong, he said, "Some people might try to malign us by impersonating as AAP workers. I want to tell the law and order machinery not to spare anyone who indulges in unlawful activities."

During his address, Kejriwal also mentioned his opponents in the Delhi polls- BJP's Kiran Bedi and Congress' Ajay Maken.

"I respect Kiran Bedi. She is like my elder sister. She has good experience in administration. I need her advice. I will cooperate with Ajay Maken too. I will involve everyone to make Delhi an ideal state," the Chief Minister said.

Starting his address with "Bharat Mata ki Jai", Kejriwal ended his nearly half-an-hour speech with singing AAP's anthem 'Insaan ka ho Insaan se Bhaichara'.
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