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About Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal is a social activist and politician. He launched the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2012. A former Indian Revenue Service officer, 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. He won the 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership for his contribution to empower the poorest at the grassroots level and implement the Right to Information Act (RTI). He created a corpus fund with the award money and founded the NGO ‘Public Cause Research Foundation’ in 2006.
Personal background of Arvind Kejriwal?
Arvind Kejriwal was born on 16 August 1968 in Bhiwani, Haryana, to a well-educated couple, Gobind Ram Kejriwal and Gita Devi. Arvind Kejriwal has a younger brother and a younger sister. His father, Gobind Ran Kejriwal, was an electrical engineer from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra. His father’s work related transfers led him to several different places. Consequently, Arvind Kejriwal had to spend his childhood mostly in towns like Ghaziabad, Hisar and Sonepat. He studied at the Campus School in Hisar. Arvind Kejriwal 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 in Kolkata.
Kejriwal is married to Sunita, his batch mate 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.
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Professional background of Arvind Kejriwal before entering politics
After completing his studies in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, he joined Tata Steel. He took leave of absence from the company so that he could concentrate on the Civil Services examination. In 1992 he quit his job. In the same year he cleared the Civil Services examination and joined the Indian Revenue Service. In February 2006, he resigned from the post of Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax Department. While working with the Income Tax department, he assisted in forming the NGO Parivartan in December 1999.
How did Arvind Kejriwal enter politics?
During the nation-wide protests against corruption, Arvind Kejriwal had a difference of opinion with social activist 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 organisation named India Against Corruption conducted a survey in this regard. The result indicated support for politicisation. Others involved in the anti-corruption movement too had split opinions. While Kejriwal’s move was supported by Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan, others like Santosh Hegde and Kiran Bedi opposed it.
On 19 September 2012, Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal found that their differences over formation of a political party to replace India against Corruption movement were irreconcilable. On 2 October 2012, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Kejriwal announced the formation of a political party. He mentioned that the party would be formally launched on 26 November 2012. The Constitution of India was adopted on this day in 1949.
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 4 December 2013 for the Delhi legislative assembly. Arvind Kejriwal defeated Sheila Dikshit, who had been the chief minister of Delhi for three successive terms. He was sworn in as the Chief Minister on 28 Dec 2013. He governed Delhi for only 49 days as he resigned from the post in Feb 2014.
Kejriwal's strategy for 2014 General Elections
After Arvind Kejriwal's resignation from the CM's post in February, the AAP set its sights on the Lok Sabha polls. A month earlier than stepping down, Kejriwal had said that he would not contest the Parliamentary Elections. He later contested from the Varanasi parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh against BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, alleging that the party members insisted him to do so. Kejriwal lost the elections with a margin of around four lakh votes.
Arvind Kejriwal led AAP's run up to the 2015 Delhi Assembly Elections
After 9 months of Governor's Rule in Delhi, the Elections Commission of India dissolved the Delhi Legislative Assembly. This meant that Delhi had a date with fresh elections. Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) started making a strategy for the elections. Initially, the party released a list of 62 candidates for the elections. It later added eight other names. Thus the party is fielding its candidates in all 70 constituencies of Delhi as compared to 69 in the 2013 elections. AAP has resorted to innovative ways of raising funds for campaigning such as offering lunch and dinner with Kejriwal via subscriptions. The party is also receiving funds online from the public. Social media sites too have helped Kejriwal gain popularity among the masses.
On 12 January 2015, The Elections Commission of India announced the schedule of Delhi elections according to which the polling would take place on 7 February and the results will be announced on 10 January.
- In 1999 Kejriwal helped in the 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 by Kejriwal
- 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 Excellence awarded Kejriwal, along with Aruna Roy, the Policy Change Agent of the Year award in 2010.
- In 2011, Kejriwal, 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 covers the journey of Arvind Kejriwal from 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 Disruptor: 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 encouraged the common man to question the current political system. It shows the meteoric rise of the Aam Aadmi Party from its formation to running Delhi in just 13 months. The book is about Kejriwal’s courage to question the governance and the looks into the way he brought 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 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 a 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 PradeshThe 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 Name||Political Party||Symbol||Status||votes|
|Arvind Kejriwal||AAP||Runner up||209238|
|Om Guru Charan Das Alias Vimal Kumar Singh||Sanatan Sanskriti Raksha Dal||Lost||1144|
|Abhimanyu Singh Patel||BMP||Lost||1644|
|Sarvesh Kumar Gupta||IND||Lost||N.A|
|Hemant Kumar Yadav||Indian National League||Lost||1202|
|Ahmed Sohel Siddiqui||IND||Lost||937|
|Shiv Kumar Shah||IND||Lost||N.A|
|Shivhari Agarwal||Bharat Nirman Party||Lost||2000|
|Rajiv Kumar Mishra||IND||Lost||N.A|
|Rajesh Bharti Surya||RaAD||Lost||4327|
|Manoj Kumar Chaubey||IND||Lost||N.A|
|Devi Prasad Nand||MADP||Lost||1740|
|Vijay Prakash Jaisawal||BSP||Lost||60579|
|Arun||Bhartiya Shakti Chetna Party||Lost||3634|
|Narendra Bahadur Singh||IND||Lost||N.A|
|Satish Shankar Jayaswal||IND||Lost||N.A|
|Santosh Kumar||Rashtriya Vikas Manch Party||Lost||1434|
|Rajendra Prasad (Garib Das)||IND||Lost||N.A|
|Ram Lakhan Gupta||Jantantra Party||Lost||1376|
|Narendra Nath Dubey Adig||Jan Shakti Ekta Party||Lost||2277|
|Bachchan Prasad Yadav||IND||Lost||N.A|
|A.K. Aggarwal||Agar Jan Party||Lost||2037|
Last Updated on 27 January, 2015.