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India anti-graft hero sworn in as Delhi top leader

Published on Dec 28, 2013 3:14 PM
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India's Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal is greeted by supporters as he arrives at a public meeting in New Delhi on Dec 22, 2013. Anti-corruption champion Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in on Saturday as chief minister of India's national capital region in what supporters hoped would mark a turning point in the nation's graft-ridden politics. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Anti-corruption champion Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in on Saturday as chief minister of India's national capital region in what supporters hoped would mark a turning point in the nation's graft-ridden politics.

Huge cheers rang out as Kejriwal, who arrived for the ceremony on the city's subway, took the oath office in front of tens of thousands of supporters assembled in a Delhi park wearing white caps emblazoned with Kejriwal's slogan, "I am a common man".

"I will do my duties as a minister honestly, without any fear or bias," Kejriwal said as he took the oath on a flower bedecked dais.

Cries of "Long Live the Aam Admi - Common Man - Party" and "Mother India" rang out from the sea of supporters while some waived placards saying "Today Delhi, Tomorrow the Country."

 
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