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“I am the CM of every Delhiite across party lines,” says Arvind Kejriwal

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal will take the oath as the Chief Minister of Delhi for the third consecutive time at Ramlila Maidan today. He will be sworn in at 10 am.



Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has taken oath as the Chief Minister of Delhi for the third consecutive time at the Ramlila Maidan today. He was sworn in at 12.15 am.

Arvind Kejriwal has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ‘Baby Mufflerman’, Aavyan Tomar, to his swearing-in ceremony. PM Modi did not attend the ceremony as he was in Varanasi to inaugurate new projects.

All seven Delhi MPs and eight newly elected BJP MLAs were invited for the oath-taking ceremony.

Around 50 people from different walks of life who are ‘Delhi ke Nirmata’ and contributed to the development of the city during the last five years also shared the stage with Kejriwal.

Forty-five thousand chairs were installed in Ramlila Maidan.

1:10 pm: “Nature has ensured every valuable thing in the world is free, be it Mother’s love, father’s blessings or Shravan Kumar’s dedication. I cannot charge the students of Delhi for studies. I can’t charge patients visiting Delhi hospitals. The world will soon hail India. I want to work with the Centre to make Delhi number one city,” said Arvind Kejriwal.

1:05 pm: 

12:55 pm: Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi cabinet ministers leave the stage after the swearing-in ceremony.

12:45 pm: “I am the CM for every Delhiite. You are now my family and I will work for you irrespective of class, economic status, religion and caste,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

“Much has to be accomplished in Delhi, but it can only be done with your support,” he said, urging all parties to forget all that happened during the election.

“Let’s work together to make Delhi progress. I am ready to work with the Centre for Delhi’s betterment. I want Modi’s blessing too for Delhi’s vikas,” he said, adding that the people of Delhi have given “birth to new politics”.

12:32 pm: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal addresses the gathering, says, this is not my victory but of every Delhi resident, every mother, sister, youth, student and family.

“This is not my win, this is the victory of every Delhiite, of every family. In the last five years, our only effort has been to bring happiness and relief to every Delhiite,” he said.

12:30 pm: Oath-taking ceremony ends with the national anthem being played.

12:28 pm: Rajendra Pal Gautam takes oath as a minister in Delhi Cabinet.

12:26 pm: Imran Hussain takes oath as a minister in Delhi Cabinet.

12:25 pm:

12:24 pm: Kailash Gahlot takes oath as a minister in Delhi Cabinet.

12:21 pm: Gopal Rai takes oath as a minister in Delhi Cabinet.

12:19 pm: Satyendra Kumar Jain takes oath as a minister in Delhi Cabinet.

12:17 pm: Manish Sisodia takes oath as a minister in Delhi Cabinet.

12:15 pm: Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as the Chief Minister of Delhi.

12:10 pm: National anthem plays at Ramlila Maidan

12:00 pm: 

11:55 am: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal arrives at Ramlila Maidan for the swearing-in ceremony of Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders.

11:52 am:

11:50 am: “For all the talk about Shaheen Bagh, and this is a constituency which is located right next to Shaheen Bagh, we share this entire border with the Okhla constituency, it is clear that people voted for education and healthcare over polarisation and divisive politics,” Atishi said.

“Of the nearly 72,000 people who live here, all the children from here go to government schools. And you can just see how their lives have changed,” she added.

11:45 am: CM-designate Arvind Kejriwal arrives at Ramlila Maidan with his family.

11:30 am: AAP leaders Manish Sisodia and Atishi arrive at the event.

11:00 am: Tennis player Sumit Nagal has also been invited to attend the ceremony.

10:40 am: Vijay Kumar, a beneficiary of the Delhi government’s Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana and Lajwanti, a safai karamchari (sanitation worker), would be among the 45 guests, picked from a diverse spectrum of the society, at the swearing-in ceremony.

While Kumar won himself a coveted ticket to IIT-Delhi, drawing the benefits of free tuition under the state scheme, Lajwanti has been labouring away diligently over the last nine years.

10:20 am: Delhi’s Directorate of Education (DoE) on Saturday went back on its circular making he attendance of teachers at the oath-taking ceremony of Arvind Kejriwal mandatory. The new circular read, “It is clarified that aforesaid communication is ‘invitational’ in nature. Therefore, no attendance will be taken or compiled at the entry gates. All other instructions in the said circular may be adhered to.”

10:10 am: People have started pouring in at the venue as AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal will take oath as Delhi chief minister at 12.15 p.m.

10:00 am: Delhi police have announced traffic restrictions in central Delhi that will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

9:55 am:  “It is a good thing that teachers were invited for the swearing-in ceremony but forcing them to follow the government orders is the beginning of a wrong tradition,” BJP’s Kapil Mishra tweeted in Hindi slamming the Aam Aadmi Party.

9:50 am: PM Modi has not confirmed his attendance at the swearing-in ceremony and is scheduled to inaugurate 30 projects in Varanasi.

9:45 am: Around 50 people from different walks of life who are responsible for ‘Delhi nirman’ will share stage with Kejriwal during his swearing-in ceremony, AAP leader Manish Sisodia said. It would include teachers, bus marshalls, architects of the Signature Bridge and families of firefighters who lost their lives.

9: 40 am: 

9:30 am: “Th


ere is nothing wrong if Arvind Kejriwal ji thinks that the same cabinet should be repeated. People are happy with the work of the cabinet and we won the elections on basis of our work. We will continue to build and maintain the confidence of the people,” AAP leader Manish Sisodia.

9:25 am: Arvind Kejriwal has invited Delhi teachers for the swearing-in ceremony where their attendance is mandatory.

9:15 am: 

9: 05 am: 45,000 chairs are installed at the venue as the AAP and Arvind Kejriwal have invited all Delhi residents to the ceremony.

9:00 am: 3,000 security personnel are deployed at Ramlila Maidan for the swearing-in ceremony of Arvind Kejriwal and other Delhi cabinet ministers.

8:45 am: 

8:30 am: Aam Aadmi Party claimed a resounding victory in Delhi as the party won 62 seats in the 70-constituency Delhi Assembly. BJP managed to win eight seats.

AAP won with a vote share of 53.57%, while the BJP improved to 38.51% and the Congress party accounted to just 4.26% of the votes.

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Stop crying like Congress: Manish Sisodia slams BJP over delaying Delhi MCD poll dates

Manish Sisodia came down heavily on BJP after Union Minister Smriti Irani accused AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal of depriving the MCD employees of Rs 13,000 crores.



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Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for delaying Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections in the capital. Sisodia in a press conference slammed the BJP government and asked them not to cry like Congress and said that there will be a big achievement for BJP if they even win 10 seats. If you have the courage then don’t run away, fight (contest MCD elections) with us, Sisodia added.

Sisodia came down heavily on BJP after Union Minister Smriti Irani accused AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal of depriving the MCD employees of Rs 13,000 crores. Kejriwal had earlier in the day conducted a press conference in which he expressed outrage over the postponement of municipal corporation elections in the national capital, claiming that doing so weakens the democratic system.

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Kejriwal in a statement said that the date for MCD polls was to be announced at 5 p.m. on March 9, but the same day an hour ago, Centre wrote to State EC to combine all 3 civic bodies into one, and to delay polls. EC agreed to do so. The State Election Commissioner must reveal if he was threatened (by Centre) with ED, I-T, CBI raids, or has been given a post-retirement role after April. he added.

Responding to Kejriwal’s statement, Irani said Kejriwal has deprived the people of Delhi of the strongest unit of Democracy, of its funds, adding, they (AAP) are requested to allow development work to be done till the slums of the poor, let the reform work be done.

The MCD election dates are yet to be issued by the Centre, according to the State Election Commissioner, who is investigating certain legal objections presented by the central government. The Centre intends to restructure the MCD by combining Delhi’s three municipal corporations.

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Amit Shah introduces Citizenship Amendment Bill, 293 in favour of tabling

Union Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill or CAB in the Lok Sabha today, amid stiff opposition. The Congress charged that the Bill is “nothing but a targeted legislation over minority people of our country.



Union Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill or CAB in the Lok Sabha today, amid stiff opposition. The Congress charged that the Bill is “nothing but a targeted legislation over minority people of our country”.

Amid huge ruckus Amit Shah said the Bill doesn’t contradict any article of the Constitution and “isn’t even 0.001% against minorities”. “The allegation that this bill will take away rights of Muslims is wrong,” he stressed.

The Home Minister also accused the Congress of “dividing the country on the basis of religion” and said the CAB will only rectify the mistakes of the past.

The Bill revives the two-nation theory, Asaduddin Owaisi told the House.

Saugata Roy of the Trinamool called the Bill “divisive and unconstitutional”, which violates Article 14 of the constitution. “This law is against everything our founding fathers including Dr Ambedkar envisioned,” Roy said.

The contentious Bill, which got the Union Cabinet’s go-ahead last week, seeks to amend the Citizenship Act 1955 so that non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, who were “forced or compelled to seek shelter in India due to persecution on the ground of religion”, become eligible for Indian citizenship, that too after six years of residence in the country.

The original Citizenship Act stated that individuals seeking Indian citizenship should have lived in the country for 11 of the last 14 years. The Bill also promises protection from proceedings of illegal migration.

There are, however, two exceptions to the Bill. The CAB will not apply to areas under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution – which deals with autonomous tribal-dominated regions in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram. It will also not apply to states that have the inner-line permit regime (Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram). These exceptions didn’t exist in the Bill’s earlier version.

The Bill has been slammed by several opposition parties as “communal and divisive” with the Congress threatening to challenge the proposed legislation in the Supreme Court. “Citizenship can’t be given on the basis of religion,” they say.

Many opposition leaders, including Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, have termed the amendment as discriminatory saying “religion can never be a reason for citizenship”. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has said they will oppose the Bill at all costs.

“If you give citizenship to all communities, we will accept it. But if you discriminate on the basis of religion, we will fight it,” Ms Banerjee has warned.

Shiv Sena, the BJP’s partner for over three decades before they parted ways following power tussle in Maharashtra, is also calling the Bill “vote bank politics”.

In an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana, the Shiv Sena has questioned whether “selective acceptance” of Hindu illegal immigrants will act as a trigger for a religious war in the country.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will also oppose the Bill.

The opposition, sources say, has decided to demand that the Bill be sent to a select committee for scrutiny.

The influential All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), literary organisation Asam Sahitya Sabha (ASS) have been agitating against the Bill.

The North East Students’ Organisation has announced an 11-hour shutdown on Tuesday against what they call an attempt to destroy the Assam Accord of 1985, which fixed March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date for deportation of all illegal immigrants irrespective of their religious background. Several markets are already closed in Guwahati amid shutdown calls by various organisations.

While the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) is protesting at Jantar Mantar, Badruddin Ajmal, its MP from Dhubri (Assam), is voicing the front’s opposition to the Bill in the Parliament premises.

The CAB has been one of the key election promises of the BJP both in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Union minister Prakash Javadekar has assured that the government has taken care of the interests of everyone. “People will welcome it as it is in the interest of the nation,” he told reporters.

The Narendra Modi government had introduced the bill in its previous tenure too, even gaining the Lok Sabha’s approval, but could not introduce it in the upper house due to protests in the northeast. The legislation eventually lapsed.

In the second attempt, the draft legislation is expected to again sail through Lok Sabha, where the BJP has a majority and is unlikely to face serious hurdles in Rajya Sabha as the ruling party has often managed the support of parties like the BJD, TRS and YSR Congress for its flagship agenda.

The NDA’s current strength in Rajya Sabha is 102 including the BJP’s 81. Of the 245-member Rajya Sabha, the current strength is 238 for which 120 is the majority mark. The BJP is looking to garner the support of AIADMK, which has 11 members; BJD, 7; TRS, 6; YSRCP, 2, and two Independents.

The Janata Dal (United) or JD (U), a BJP ally which had walked out of the House when the Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, will support the Bill after an assurance from the Union home minister that the centre will safeguard interests of the Northeastern states.

Similarly, the BJD is ready to back the new Bill since it exempted tribal areas in the northeast region, sources said.

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Delhi Elections: Upper Caste Hindus show allegiance towards BJP, says CSDS survey

Among the majority Hindu population in Delhi the upper castes including Brahmin, Rajput, Vaishya, Punjabi Khatri and others clearly show their allegiance to the Bharatiya Janata Party. In 2020, data shows that 55 percent of Brahmins have voted for the BJP.



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The recently concluded Delhi elections, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi, an autonomous social science research institute has released a Delhi election-eve survey data of 2020. A comparative study of vote choices among communities divided on lines of caste show based on this data and post poll survey of 2015, outline certain very important shifts.

Among the majority Hindu population in Delhi the upper castes including Brahmin, Rajput, Vaishya, Punjabi Khatri and others clearly show their allegiance to the Bharatiya Janata Party. In 2020, data shows that 55 percent of Brahmins have voted for the BJP. This marks an increase of 6 percent in comparison to 2015. 54 percent of the Rajputs have voted for the BJP this time, 10 percent increase in comparison to 2015. 53 percent of the Punjabi Khatri’s voted for BJP, with an alarming increase of 20 percent in comparison to 2015 and the other upper castes also saw a 12 percent jump capping at 51 percent.

However, the data records a 7 percent fall was in case of Vaishya’s votes going towars the BJP, lying at 53 percent.

Among the other castes the Gujjar community records the highest surge in comparison to 2015. The community votes see a massive 35 percent percent with 54 percent of the voters going towards BJP.

Interestingly, OBC’s other than Jat, Gujjar and Yadavs record a 15 percent in BJP votes.

Also, the Balmiki community registers a sharp spike of 11 percent in favour of the BJP, however, still lying low at 29 percent.

Jatavs and other Dalits also record a 7 percent hike, staying at 22 and 27 percent respectively.

Balmikis, Jatavs, other Dalits have been instrumental in AAP’s victory in 2015 and even in 2020, despite the fact that there was a small shift.

The overall Hindu votes also see a 9 percent surge capping at 46 percent.

Among the minorities after the Sikhs votes towards BJP see a 6 percent decline, the Muslims votes see a marginal 1 percent rise and the other minorities votes register a fall of 2 percent.

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