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Who is Arvind Kejriwal?Arvind Kejriwal is the CM of Delhi. His party (AAP), got a clear majority by winning 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi assembly elections 2015.
About Arvind KejriwalArvind Kejriwal is a social activist and politician. He is the CM designate of Delhi as his party AAP won 67 of the 70 assembly seats of Delhi. 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 Ramson 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.
One Year of Kejriwal GovernmentKejriwal’s one-year-old government has seen quite a few hits and misses. While he started the AAP government started delivering on the promises of subsidy on power consumption, the government was put in the dock when a rift within party came out in open after Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were kicked out of the party. Some of the promises that the AAP government kept include regularisation of unauthorised colonies, launching anti-corruption helpline, and providing licences to e-rickshaws. What brought much ill repute to AAP government is the constant spat with the Centre. Kejriwal not only accused the LG Najeeb Jung of rendering an elected government ineffective, he took pot-shots at Delhi police chief B. S. Bassi for not being "competent enough" to ensure the safety of the people.
Personal background of Arvind KejriwalArvind 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 politicsAfter 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 join 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 in the New Delhi assembly constituency, who had been the chief minister of Delhi for three successive terms. He was first 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 ElectionsAfter 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 fielded 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 also received funds online from the public. Social media sites too helped Kejriwal gain popularity among the masses.
Historic Win in Delhi for AAP and Arvind Kejriwal's Re-election as the Chief MinisterThe National Capital Territory of Delhi went to polls on 7 February 2015 and saw a record electorate turnout of 67.14 percent. But the history was still to be made. Three days later, on 10 February 2015, the “Broom” of AAP swept the Delhi polls. The AAP registered a slam-bang victory by grabbing 67 seats of the available 70. The favourite BJP was compressed to be restricted to as minimal as three seats, while Congress and the rest were crushed to ashes, accounting for none. The chief and the CM candidate of AAP, Arvind Kejriwal himself won from the New Delhi assembly constituency with a margin of more than twenty six thousand votes. He defeated the debutant Nupur Sharma of BJP and veteran Congress leader Kiran Walia. Kejriwal decided to take oath as the Chief Minister of Delhi on 14 February 2015 (a year after he had resigned from the same post), at the famous Ramlila Ground in Delhi.
Highlights of Arvind Kejriwal’s Speech after Taking Oath as Delhi’s CMArvind Kejriwal thanked people for their presence on his oath taking ceremony. He acknowledged their love for his party by making it win the Delhi Assembly election. Referring to his party’s victory, he said, “When such a big victory comes, arrogance follows. We need to be humble”. Acknowledging his defeat in the Lok Sabha elections 2014, he said that his party was over ambitious, and was taught a lesson for this. He affirmed to make Delhi a secure and the first corruption-free city in India. He also opined that if any AAP volunteer does any wrong, the police must give him double the punishment. Showing his reservations against the VIP culture, he vowed to end it. He also promised to stay in Delhi and work for its development for five years.
Achievement of Arvind Kejriwal
- 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 grass-root level and implement the Right of 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'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 other candidates from New Delhi Assembly Constituency (Delhi)The table below shows the status of Arvind Kejriwal and other candidates from New Delhi vidhan sabha seat with their party names and symbols along with the votes secured by each candidate.
|Candidate Name||Political Party||Symbol||Status||votes|
|Nupur Sharma||BJP||Runner up||25630|
|Kiran Walia||INC||Runner up||4781|
|Swami Om Ji||ABHM||Runner up||373|
|Rakesh Kumar||BSP||Runner up||168|
|Anil Kumar||IND||Runner up||192|
|Ravi Kumar||NCP||Runner up||100|
|Sunil Kumar Kandukuri||IND||Runner up||94|
|Mohd. Siraj Sahil||Samras Samaj Party||Runner up||48|
|Sanjeev Chhibber||NADP||Runner up||45|
|AJIT||Gareeb Aadmi Party||Runner up||34|
|Professor R N Singh||VSP||Runner up||30|
Blogs about Arvind Kejriwal
Aam Aadmi Party government is more than two years old. It came to Delhi with high expectation and high hopes as the people gave its agenda an overwhelming thumbs up. However, the highlight of the two years of the government has been its tussle with the Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najib Jung and indeed the BJP led NDA government at the center. It has accused the BJP of not letting it work and blamed the LG for stalling its good work. ...Read More
It is rather easy to identify the biggest achievement of the Aam Aadmi Party government in the first five months of being at the helm of power in Delhi – the success of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in remaining in news and hogging the headlines! If at all there has been a Chief Minister amongst 29 others, who continuously made news nationally yet remained untainted with scams, it was Kejriwal. (Yet another Chief Minister making news is Madhya Pradesh’s Shivraj ...Read More
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Towards the end of May, at a time when the clash between Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party government snowballed into a major controversy, Manish Sisodia - the deputy chief minister of Delhi, tried to give the whole issue a certain dimension by saying that his government was actually fighting for the people. “We are not fighting for personal gains, but for the people's rights, their benefit, and against corruption,” Sisodia said at the much publicised 'Janta ...Read More
The ongoing public spat between Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the control of Delhi administration has exposed the grey areas in governance that require immediate redressal to ensure against any such crisis in the city state of Delhi. The immediate provocation was the appointment of Shakuntala Gamlin as acting Chief Secretary of Delhi by the Lieutenant Governor in spite of Kejriwal’s strong opposition on 15th May this year. This made the Chief Minister cry foul ...Read More
An Intelligence Bureau (IB) report of 19 December 2014 titled 'Spate of Cases of Suicide by Farmers' alerted the current government about the rising trend in cases of farmers’ committing suicides in states like Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana. The reasons cited in the IB report for the spurt in the trend of farmers’ suicides included uneven rains, drought, floods and hailstorms that affect the crop yield, along with certain man-made factors like pricing policies ...Read More
Reasons may be entirely different, but happenings on 27 March, just a day ahead of the turbulent Aam Aadmi Party’s national council meet, showed marked similarity between the sanitation staff of the BJP-ruled Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. While the sanitation staff littered the roads of Delhi with garbage in protest of delayed salary, Kejriwal’s gutter talks against his perceived detractors within the party – the triumvirate of Yogendra Yadav, Professor Anand Kumar and Prashant Bhushan ...Read More
The quagmire of Indian politics spares no one from getting pulled into the quicksand of dirty politics. Arvind Kejriwal, who came to power on the principles of righteousness and integrity, now finds himself fighting to defend his own self-created image. AAP came into existence on the back of popular anti-establishment protests which struck a chord amongst the people wanting change from traditional politics. AAP’s contrarian approach found a people connect and on both occasions the people of Delhi placed their ...Read More
In its first term in office, Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government lasted just 49 days before making a hasty exit. In its second term, in less than a month, the party is once again in crisis and this time it is Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘dual’ role between party and government that is the trigger that could well blow into a major inner party conflict. Is the controversy justified? One must seek answers from past experiences of political parties and the impact of ...Read More
BJP rode into power on the back of a massive mandate. But this did not come without a bitter fight with a rising AAP that viewed itself as a serious alternative to a jaded UPA II and BJP, which is perceived as communal. Vicious political upstaging Accusations flew thick and fast between the BJP and AAP and once the General Elections saw BJP eliminating all opposition, AAP withdrew into obscurity. No one gave the party a serious chance to make ...Read More
Last Updated on 29 April, 2017.