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Congress, AAP confused, useless, says BJP
January 24, 2015 11:26 AM
Responding to allegations that their chief ministerial candidate Kiren Bedi was a "BJP mole" in Anna Hazare's India Against Corruption (IAC) movement, the BJP on Friday said that both the Congress and the AAP were "confused and useless" as they cannot explain what they were saying. To put to rest the controversy that erupted after Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas made a statement on a TV show that "Bedi and V.K. Singh were inclined towards the BJP" while working with the IAC, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told reporters that if Arvind Kejriwal, who too was there at that time, knew about it, he should have spoken against it. "Why didn't he speak about it?" Patra asked, saying that the Congress like the AAP was making senseless statements. If the Congress knew that the AAP was the RSS's prop-up, why did it go on supporting its government in Delhi, he asked. Source: IANS
EC issues second notice to Kejriwal on 'bribe for votes' comment
January 24, 2015 11:04 AM
The Election Commission on Friday issued a second notice to AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for asking people to take bribes for voting. Holding that his comments violated the model code of conduct, the poll panel asked Kejriwal to explain his stance by 11 a.m. on Jan 27.  This was the second notice to the Aam Aadmi Party leader over the bribery issue. The Election Commission had earlier issued notice to Kejriwal on similar comments made by him on Jan 18. The notice said: "The commission has noted with concern that a similar statement was made by you earlier also on on Jan 18." "The commission is prima facie of the opinion that by making the aforesaid statements you have repeatedly violated the above said provisions of the model code of conduct," the notice said. Source: IANS
EC censures Kejriwal
January 24, 2015 10:31 AM
The Election Commission on Friday censured AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for his remarks accusing the BJP of spreading communal hatred in the capital. The poll panel, which had issued notice to Kejriwal on Jan 17 following a complaint by the Bharatiya Janata Party's Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay, said that the Aam Aadmi Party leader's comments violated the model code of conduct. Source: IANS
IAC was well-planned conspiracy against Congress: Maken
January 24, 2015 09:48 AM
Terming India Against Corruption (IAC) movement as "nothing but a well-planned conspiracy against Congress", the grand old party on Friday said that Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi were befooling people. Congress leader Ajay Maken at a press conference in New Delhi said that it was a "drama" which was unfolding with the passage of time. He played clippings of a TV channel before the journalists, showing how AAP leaders like Kumar Vishwas and others were revealing the "truth and the real intention of Kejriwal and Bedi, who were then projecting themselves as the crusaders against corruption". Source: IANS
Money for vote comment aimed at cleansing politics: Kejriwal
January 22, 2015 02:36 PM
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday, seeking to defend his comment asking Delhi voters to accept money from political parties but not to vote for them, said that it would ultimately lead to cleansing politics. "The biggest problem is that these parties use black money to give bribe, distribute alcohol, and buy tickets. I am saying take money but don't vote for them. This is not bribery," Kejriwal told reporters in New Delhi. "In a few days these parties will realise you don't get votes by distributing money. This is how cleanliness will come in politics. So I am saying, take the money, don't vote for them, in a few days these parties will realise that there is no point in giving money, votes cannot be bought anymore," the former Delhi chief minister said. Source: IANS

Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal

DOBAug 16, 1968
Place of BirthSiwani, Bhiwani district,Haryana
EducationMechanical 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. 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.

Kejriwal also published a book called Swaraj in 2012. Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in as Delhi Chief Minister on 28 December 2013 at the Ramlila Maidan and formed the government with Congress's support. However, his tenure lasted only 49 days as he decided to resign from his post after both BJP and Congress turned adamant and put their foot down against giving clearance to Aam Aadmi Party's Jan Lokpal Bill.

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.

Arvind Kejriwal Elections result

YearConstituency State Status
2014VaranasiUttar PradeshLose

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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 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
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
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
Manoj Kumar ChaubeyINDINDLostN.A
Devi Prasad Nand MADP Lost 1740
Vijay Prakash Jaisawal BSP BSP Lost 60579
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

EBPB 23.01.2015

Last Updated on 27 January, 2015.

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