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Delhi Lt governor BJP agent, says Kejriwal
October 29, 2014 01:31 PM
Describing Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung as a "BJP agent", Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday sought an all-party meet to decide the government formation in the national capital."LG (lieutenant governor) says he will call all-party meeting in 'next few days'? Why next few days? To seek adjournment in SC (Supreme Court) tomorrow (Thursday)?" the former Delhi chief minister asked in a tweet.His reaction came after Jung said Wednesday that he would explore options on government formation in the next few days.Kejriwal said: "We demand that the LG should call all-party meeting today (Wednesday) itself, take final decision by evening and inform the Supreme Court tomorrow (Thursday) accordingly."While talking to a television news channel, Kejriwal called Jung an "agent of BJP" and accused him of delaying the process of government formation in Delhi.(IANS)
Arvin Kejirwal cries foul, accuses BJP of "Playing dirty tricks"
October 28, 2014 10:42 AM
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal, responded to the development of President giving a nod to BJP forming a goevrnment in Dlehi, with a series of tweets accusing BJP of "playing dirty tricks" and "running away from elections as they are scared of losing in Delhi.He tweeted, "How will BJP form govt? They don't have nos. Why don't they just call elections?"AAP has repeatedly been accusing BJP of trying to buy the support of its legislators. Both AAP and the Congress favour another election.(News Reports)  
Kejriwal writes to president, seeks fresh polls
September 12, 2014 10:22 AM
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal Thursday asked President Pranab Mukherjee to recommend dissolution of the Delhi assembly, saying that the government could only be formed through "unconstitutional means". In a letter written to Mukherjee, the former chief minister said: "Lt. Governor of Delhi has written to you Sep 4 recommending that the BJP be invited to form a government in Delhi. In the light of the sting operation, we would urge you to kindly recommend dissolution of the Delhi assembly and order fresh elections." Source: IANS
Delhi government formation: Kejriwal questions Jung's letter
September 09, 2014 05:39 PM
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday questioned Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung's letter to the president over inviting the BJP to form the government in Delhi. He retierated "fresh elections" were the only solution. Kejriwal was referring to a report submitted to President Pranab Mukherjee by Jung Sep 5 seeking the president's permission to invite the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form the government in Delhi. Source: IANS
AAP to launch signature campaign for fresh Delhi polls
August 04, 2014 09:45 AM


AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said his party will start a door-to-door campaign seeking people's support for holding fresh elections in Delhi, if Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung does not dissolve the assembly within a week. "We are giving a week's time to the Lt. Governor and BJP government to dissolve Delhi assembly, otherwise the Aaam Aadmi Party will launch a door-to-door signature campaign asking people for fresh elections," Kejriwal said at Jantar Mantar in the heart of the city. Source: IANS  

Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal

DOBAug 16, 1968
Place of BirthSiwani, Bhiwani district,Haryana
Education QualificationsMechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur
Profession before joining politicsMechanical Engineer, Civil Services. He worked for the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) as a Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax Department.
Spouse NameSunita Kejriwal
Children1 son 1 daughter
AchievementsHe played a major role in implementing the Right to Information Act  (RTI) at the basic level He was awarded Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership in 2006 He has written a book Swaraj
Important positions heldJoint Commissioner, Indian Revenue Service (IRS) in the  Income Tax Department. 28 December 2013 to 14 February 2014.  Chief Minister of Delhi

About Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal is a social activist and politician in India. He is associated with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that was launched by him in 2012.
Kejriwal did his graduation in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. A former Indian Revenue Service officer and also Joint Commissioner of the Income Tax Department, he is better known for his key role in drafting the Jan Lokpal Bill. In 1999 Kejriwal founded Parivartan, an NGO aiming to assist the citizens in electricity, income tax and food ration-related matters. His contributions and role to empower the poorest at the grassroots level and implement the Right to Information Act (RTI) won Kejriwal the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006 for Emergent Leadership. He created a corpus fund with the award money and founded the NGO called Public Cause Research Foundation in 2012. He also published a book called Swaraj in 2012. Arvind Kejriwal took the oath as Delhi Chief Minister on 28th December 2013 at the Ramlila Maidan in front of thosands of people and formed the government by Congress's support. However his rule lasted only 49 days and he was forced to resign from his post after both BJP and Congress turned adamant and put their foot down against giving a clearance to Aam Aadmy Party's Jan Lokpal Bill.

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Personal background of Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal was born on August 16, 1968 in Haryana to a well-educated couple, Mr. Gobind Ram Kejriwal and Gita Devi. The family was financially sound. He has a younger brother and a younger sister. His father, Mr. Gobind Ran Kejriwal, was an electrical engineer from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra. His father’s work led him to several places. Arvind Kejriwal’s childhood passed mostly in towns of north India, like Gaziabad, Hisar and Sonepat. He did his schooling in Hisar at Campus School. Thereafter he graduated in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1989. He also spent some time at the Ramkrishna Mission and Nehru Yuva Kendra at Kolkata.

Kejriwal married his batch mate Sunita from the National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. She is an IRS officer. They have two children: a daughter, Harshita, and a son, Pulkit. Arvind Kejriwal is a pure vegetarian and has been a regular practitioner of Vipassana.

Detailed professional background of Arvind Kejriwal before entering politics

After completing his studies in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1989, he joined Tata Steel. In order to study and appear for the Civil Services Examination, he took leave of absence from the company. Finally in 1992 he left the job and later in the same year qualified the Civil Services Examination and joined the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). Arvind Kejriwal was also a Joint Commissioiner in the Income Tax Department. He resigned from the position in February 2006. He assisted in forming the NGO Parivartan in December 1999, which aimed at helping people with issues related to income tax, food ration and electricity. At that time, he was still serving in the Income Tax Department.

Arvind Kejriwal Elections result

YearConstituency State Status
2014VaranasiUttar PradeshLose

How did Arvind Kejriwal enter politics?

During the nation-wide protests against corruption, Arvind Kejriwal had a difference of opinion with Anna Hazare. Hazare wanted the Jan Lokpal movement to be politically neutral. On the other hand, Kejriwal’s opinion was that as no progress had been attained through talks with different political parties, it was necessary to get directly involved in politics. An organization named India Against Corruption conducted a social media survey in this regard. The result indicated support for politicization. Others involved in the anti-corruption movement too had split opinions. While Kejriwal’s move was supported by some renowned people like Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan, others like Santosh Hegde and Kiran Bedi opposed it.

On September 19, 2012, Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal came to an agreement that their difference of opinion regarding politicization of the agenda is irreconcilable. On October 2, 2012, on the eve of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Kejriwal announced the formation of a political party. He mentioned that the party will be formally launched on November 26, 2012, the anniversary date when India adopted its constitution.

The party was launched in Delhi on the scheduled date and was called the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) or the Common Man's Party. The party contested elections for the first time on December 4, 2013 for the Delhi legislative assembly. Arvind Kejriwal contested against Sheila Dikshit, the three times Chief Minister in Delhi and also won the elections. He sworn in a Chief Minister of Delhi on 28th Dec 2013. His rule lasted only 49 days as he resigned from the post in Feb 2014.

Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook have helped Kejriwal count among the five most-mentioned politicians of India.

Activities and achievements of Arvind Kejriwal

  • In 1999 Kejriwal helped in foundation of Parivartan, an NGO aiming to assist the citizens in electricity, income tax and food ration-related matters
  • Played a key role to empower the poorest at the grassroots level and implement the Right to Information Act (RTI).
  • Created a corpus fund with the award money he received from the Magsaysay Award, and with that founded the NGO called Public Cause Research Foundation in 2012.
  • A committee constituted by the Government of India inducted Arvind Kejriwal as a representative member of the civil society to draft the Lokpal Bill.
  • Participated in drafting the Jan Lokpal bill.
  • Arvind Kejriwal became the architect of the movement that was started by Anna Hazare -- the Jan Lokpal that demanded Citizen’s Ombudsman Bill.
  • To fight corruption cases in government departments like Delhi Electricity Board, Income Tax Department, Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the likes, Kejriwal uses the Right To Information Act.
  • Exposed alleged corruption and irregularities of political parties and government agencies through press conferences.

Awards Won

  • Ashoka Fellow in 2004
  • In 2005 the IIT Kanpur presented him with the Satyendra K. Dubey Memorial Award.
  • Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006.

  • "Indian of the Year" award in 2006 from CNN-IBN.
  • In 2009, the IIT Kharagpur bestowed him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
  • Association for India’s Development awarded him a grant and fellowship in 2009.
  • The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellance awarded Kejriwal, along with Aruna Roy, the Policy Change Agent of the Year award in 2010.
  • In 2011 he, along with Anna Hazare, received the Indian of the Year award from NDTV.

Books on Arvind Kejriwal

A Man With a Mission - Arvind Kejriwal

'A Man With a Mission - Arvind Kejriwal' by Little Scholarz Editorial uncovers the life journey of Arvind Kejriwal from being a student to the Chief Minister of Delhi. The book explores the making of Arvind Kejriwal, the man. It brings forth the circumstances and experiences that turned him into an anti-corruption crusader.

The Disrupter : Arvind Kejriwal and the Audacious Rise of the Aam Aadmi

The book by Gautam Chikermane and Soma Banerjee describes how an outsider to Indian politics awakened the common man to question the current political system. It shows the meteoric rise of the Aam Aadmi Party from its formation to running the state in just 13 months. It looks into the way one man had the courage to question the governance and the way he brought bringing together people from different walks of life to demand a change.

Book written by Arvind Kejriwal


'Swaraj' by Arvind Kejriwal questions the present democratic system in India and suggests the way people of the country can achieve true Swaraj (self-rule). The book proposes a model of governance which is based on Gandhi's concept of Swaraj or "Home-Rule". Kejriwal states that power should not be concentrated in few hands in New Delhi but should be in the hands of 'gram sabhas' and 'mohalla sabhas' so that the people have the right to take decisions that affect their lives.

Status of Arvind Kejriwal and his opponent candidates against from Varanasi Parliamentary Constituency in Uttar Pradesh

The table below shows the status of Arvind Kejriwal and candidates contesting against him from Varanasi lok sabha seat with their party names and symbols along with the votes secured by each candidate.

Candidate NamePolitical PartySymbolStatusvotes
Arvind Kejriwal AAP AAP  Runner up209238
Ahmed Sohel Siddiqui IND IND Lost 937
Shiv Kumar ShahINDINDLostN.A
Shivhari Agarwal Bharat Nirman Party Lost 2000
Narendra Modi BJP BJP   Winner 581022
Rajiv Kumar MishraINDINDLostN.A
Rajesh Bharti Surya RaAD Lost 4327
Vijay Prakash Jaisawal BSP BSP Lost 60579
Manoj Kumar ChaubeyINDINDLostN.A
Devi Prasad Nand MADP Lost 1740
Pramod KumarINDINDLostN.A
Arun Bhartiya Shakti Chetna Party Lost 3634
Narendra Bahadur SinghINDINDLostN.A
Kailash Chaurasiya SP SP Lost 45291
Iftekhar KuraishiINDINDLostN.A
Satish Shankar JayaswalINDINDLostN.A
Santosh Kumar Rashtriya Vikas Manch Party Lost 1434
Ajay Rai INC INC Lost 75614
Rajendra Prasad (Garib Das)INDINDLostN.A
Ram Lakhan Gupta Jantantra Party Lost 1376
Indira Tiwari AITC AITC Lost 2674
Mahendra MishraINDINDLostN.A
Narendra Nath Dubey Adig Jan Shakti Ekta Party Lost 2277
Bachchan Prasad YadavINDINDLostN.A
Usman RAPD Lost 878
Prakash PrasadINDINDLostN.A
A.K. Aggarwal Agar Jan Party Lost 2037
Satyaprakash SrivastavaINDINDLostN.A
Hari Lal RAIP Lost 838
Hiralal Yadav CPM CPM Lost 2457
Rampyare SinghINDINDLostN.A
Lallan MaJP Lost 997
Ravindra KumarINDINDLostN.A
Bachchelal LPSP Lost 1172
Baseer KinnarINDINDLostN.A
Om Guru Charan Das Alias Vimal Kumar Singh Sanatan Sanskriti Raksha Dal Lost 1144
Prabhat KumarINDINDLostN.A
Abhimanyu Singh Patel BMP Lost 1644
Johnson ThomasINDINDLostN.A
Sarvesh Kumar GuptaINDINDLostN.A
Hemant Kumar Yadav Indian National League Lost 1202

Last Updated on 1 November, 2014.

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