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Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal

Age45
DOBAug 16, 1968
Place of BirthSiwani, Bhiwani district,Haryana
ReligionHindu
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

'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
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
GhanshyamINDINDLostN.A
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


Arvind Kejriwal Latest News And Live Updates

Plea in Delhi HC over prosecuting Kejriwal, Bharti
July 24, 2014 10:45 AM
The Delhi High Court issued notice to the central and city governments on a plea seeking direction to grant sanction to prosecute former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and ex-minister Somnath Bharti in a criminal case. Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the governments to file their responses by Nov 19 on a plea filed by Ajay Gautam, who had earlier filed a criminal complaint case against Kejriwal and Bharti in a trial court. Source: IANS
Kejriwal slams Delhi budget
July 18, 2014 03:59 PM
Former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday criticised the Delhi budget and said the BJP has taken a "u-turn" on almost all the election promises. "BJP (had) promised 30 percent reduction in tariff. It didn't do it. Why this u-turn? BJP has made a u-turn on almost all poll promises," Kejriwal said in a tweet. The Aam Aadmi Party chief said the state budget does not have any measures to bring down rising prices. "No mention in Delhi budget on how people will get relief from the rising prices of vegetables...no mention of how electricity supply in Delhi would be improved...no mention of how water starved areas would get water," he said. Source : IANS
Kejriwal to meet president to demand fresh polls in Delhi
July 03, 2014 09:26 AM
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal along with his party legislators will  meet President Pranab Mukherjee over the alleged "horse trading" by the BJP in Delhi, and will demand fresh assembly elections in the capital. "All AAP MLAs meeting the President tomo (sic) at 6.30 p.m. to request him to dissolve Delhi assembly n (sic) hold elections," Kejriwal tweeted on Wednesday. Source : IANS  
HC notice on plea over house rented to Kejriwal
July 02, 2014 09:34 AM
The Delhi High Court sought response from Naren Jain, son of former Congress leader Bhiku Ram Jain, on the controversy over the Civil Lines house that has been given on rent by him to former Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. On hearing the news that the house was being offered to Kejriwal on rent, Virender Kumar Jain, Naren Jain's elder brother, moved the court alleging that the offer was in violation of the court's earlier order that restrained renting of a disputed property. Source: IANS  
BJP scared of losing Delhi, says Kejriwal
June 30, 2014 11:14 AM
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said the BJP was avoiding elections in Delhi as it was scared of losing. "We will win Delhi for sure but the question is whether the BJP wants elections to be held," Kejriwal said during an interaction with Aam Aadmi Party volunteers on Google Hangout. The former Delhi chief minister alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party was trying to break away Congress legislators in its bid to form the government in Delhi.Source : IANS

Last Updated on 29 July, 2014.



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