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Kejriwal to Hold First Cabinet Meet Today, Asks People to Pray for Him

Kejriwal, who took oath as Delhi Chief Minister on Saturday, won\'t hold any portfolio but oversee the work of all the ministers.

Published: 16th February 2015 01:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th February 2015 01:14 PM   |  A+A-

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By IANS

NEW DELHI: On the first day of office as Delhi's chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal Monday said his health is better now and asked people to pray for him.

Kejriwal was suffering from high fever when he took the oath of office Feb 14.

"Fever gone. Feeling much better. Restarted daily morn walk and yoga, which had stopped due to elections. My first day in office today (Monday). Do pray for me," Kejriwal tweeted.

On the first working day of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, Kejriwal would hold a cabinet meeting with six other ministers, who took oath Saturday along with him.

The ministers had visited the secretariat after the swearing-in ceremony Saturday and had a meeting with Kejriwal. They will meet the government officials Monday.

The Kejriwal-led new AAP government will focus on curbing corruption, controlling price rise, and providing uninterrupted power and water.

Kejriwal, who had handpicked his team of ministers, won't hold any portfolio but oversee the work of all the ministers. Manish Sisodia is deputy chief minister.

The largest number of departments will be with Sisodia, including those of finance and power which were to have been held by Kejriwal.

A long-time confidant of Kejriwal, Sisodia will now hold finance and planning, services, education, IT, technical education, administrative reforms, urban development, revenue, land and building and vigilance, and all other departments not allotted to any minister.

Satyendra Jain, who like Sisodia was in the earlier 49-day Kejriwal government, would be the health minister and be in charge of industries, irrigation and flood control, public works department.

Gopal Rai, one of the four new faces in the Kejriwal ministry, will look after the departments of employment, development, labour and transport.

Jitender Singh Tomar has been given law and justice, tourism, art and culture, as well as home. Asim Ahmad Khan gets food and supply, environment and forest, and election.

Sandeep Kumar will take charge of the departments of women and child, social welfare, language, and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe.

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