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Arvind Kejriwal Profile


Arvind Kejriwal Latest News And Live Update Of 16th Lok Sabha Elections

Kejriwal files nomination from Varanasi - April 23, 2014 02:11 PM

AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal has filed his nomination from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency. He is contesting against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Kejriwal attacks Modi, Rahul - April 23, 2014 02:08 PM

Ahead of filing his nomination from Varanasi, AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal launched a full throttle attack on both Narendra Modi & Rahul Gandhi. Addressing his supporters at a massie roadshow,  Kejriwal warned people to not get fooled.   "I am going to file my nomination in this worn out vehicle but Modi will come tomorrow (Thursday) in his helicopter. So people of Kashi should also not get fooled like the people in Amethi has been fooled for many years now," Kejriwal told his supporters who were accompanying him to the collectors office. He also said that the people of Varanasi want a candidate who understands & relates to their problems.

Kejriwal to file nomination in Varanasi today - April 23, 2014 11:26 AM

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal will file his nomination for the Varanasi LS seat today,  party leader Manish Sisodia said. Kejriwal files his nomination a day before, his primary contender,  Narendra Modi- files his nomination in the holy city of Varanasi. Source: IANS

CPI-ML to back Kejriwal against Modi in Varanasi - April 18, 2014 03:39 PM

The CPI-ML has decided to support Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Arvind Kejriwal who is contesting the Lok sabha polls against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. "Our party would extend support to AAP's Kejriwal in Varanasi against Modi," CPI-ML general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya said Friday. Source: IANS

Kejriwal target of stones in Varanasi - April 18, 2014 10:31 AM

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal faced a barrage of stones and brickbats thrown at him by over a dozen youth shouting "Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi" slogans near the Banaras Hindu University campus Thursday evening, police and eyewitnesses said. One unidentified youth was arrested. Source: IANS  

I should have consulted people before quitting: Kejriwal - April 16, 2014 04:53 PM

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday said he committed a "mistake" of not consulting people before resigning as chief minister of Delhi. "I think we made a mistake on (the issue of) resignation. Resignation in principle was (however) right," Kejriwal told NDTV here. Kejriwal and his cabinet quit Feb 14 after failing to pass the Jan Lokpal bill in the Delhi assembly because of opposition from the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. Source: IANS

Kejriwal begins campaigning in Varanasi - April 16, 2014 09:56 AM

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday plunged into campaigning for the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, where he will face BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Arriving here after a overnight train ride from Delhi, Kejriwal met a Muslim leader and also a group of traders and listened to their problems. Source: IANS

Kejriwal to start Varanasi campaign Tuesday - April 15, 2014 10:19 AM

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal will begin campaigning against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi from Tuesday, his colleagues said Monday. With senior colleagues including Sanjay Singh and Manish Sisodia already in the temple town, Kejriwal will reach Varanasi Tuesday after an overnight train journey from New Delhi. Source: IANS

We expect real attacks after election: Kejriwal - April 14, 2014 02:57 PM

In remarks clearly directed at the BJP, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal said Monday that he expected "real attacks" on his party after the Lok Sabha election. Speaking at a book release function, Kejriwal said he and some of his associates have till now been subjected to "slaps, kicks and egg attacks" during the Lok Sabha election campaign. Source: IANS

Kejriwal leaves for Varanasi Monday - April 14, 2014 09:57 AM

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal leaves Monday by train for Varanasi to take on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha election, party sources said Sunday. Kejriwal will take an evening train from here and reach the Hindu holy city in Uttar Pradesh Tuesday when he is expected to hit the campaign trail, the sources said. Source: IANS

Kejriwal on three-day Punjab road show - April 11, 2014 03:45 PM

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal started his three-day political road show in Punjab from this Sikh holy city Friday. Kejriwal offered prayers at `Harmandar Sahib', popularly known as the Golden Temple, before starting his election tour. Source: IANS  

Kejriwal to campaign in Punjab - April 10, 2014 03:15 PM

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal will tour Punjab the next three days to campaign for his candidates in the Lok Sabha election in the state. Kejriwal's first halt will be Amritsar, an Aam Aadmi Party source told IANS. Polling for Punjab's 13 seats will take place April 30. He returns to Delhi April 13. Source: IANS

Sonia, Rahul, Kejriwal vote in Delhi - April 10, 2014 10:41 AM

Congress president Sonia Gandhi voted here Thursday in the Lok Sabha election. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal also voted in separate polling centres. Source: IANS

Kejriwal to meet his attackers - April 09, 2014 12:11 PM

AAP leader and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will Wednesday meet two of his attackers who slapped and punched him during campaigning for the Lok Sabha election here, party officials said. Kejriwal would first head to Kirari to meet 38-year-old Lali, an autorickshaw driver who Tuesday slapped the Aam Aadmi Party leader in Sultanpuri. The attack left the 45-year-old Kejriwal with a swollen left eye. Source:IANS

Kejriwal punched during Delhi campaign - April 08, 2014 02:06 PM

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal was on Tuesday punched on the face by a man while he was campaigning. The attack, which took place in Sultanpuri, left Kejriwal with a swollen eye. The attacker was beaten up by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporters. Source:IANS

Vote BJP, Congress, face inflation, warns Kejriwal - April 07, 2014 02:10 PM

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal lambasted the BJP and the Congress, and warned people they will face unprecedented inflation if either of the parties are voted to power in the general election. Kejriwal was addressing a public meeting in Vasundhara area of Ghaziabad in support of Aam Aadmi Party candidate Shazia Ilmi.   Source: IANS

Kejriwal attacked while campaigning - April 04, 2014 05:53 PM

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal was attacked while campaigning for the Lok Sabha election. Aam Aadmi Party supporters pounced on the unknown attacker and roughed him up before he was taken to a nearby police station. Kejriwal said later that he was punched while he was seeking votes for the AAP in south Delhi's Dakshinpuri area. Source:IANS

Kejriwal asks Delhi supporters to help in Varanasi, Amethi - April 04, 2014 03:39 PM

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal appealed to his supporters in Delhi, where his party was born and where he was chief minister for 49 days, to come to Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi and Amethi constituencies for campaigning with him to defeat BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. Source:IANS  

AAP unveils economic, foreign policy in manifesto - April 04, 2014 02:51 PM

The AAP unveiled for the first time its national vision, saying it favored a healthy market economy and zero tolerance towards terrorism sponsored by Pakistan. Releasing the AAP manifesto for the Lok Sabha election, former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said India today faced three major threats in the form of corruption, communalism and crony capitalism. Source:IANS

Reduce age to contest elections: AAP - April 04, 2014 02:31 PM

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal cited the example of Bhagat Singh to demand that the age to contest elections must be reduced from 25 to 21 years. Under existing rules, one has to be at least 25 years old to fight state assembly and Lok Sabha elections. Source:IANS

AAP promises to scrap DU's four year program - April 04, 2014 01:56 PM

The AAP would scrap four-year undergraduate program at Delhi University if it came to power at the center. "We would roll back the four year undergraduate program (FYUP), which has been undemocratically introduced in the Delhi University," Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal said while unveiling the party's manifesto for general election. Source:IANS

AAP to release manifesto for Lok Sabha polls - April 03, 2014 04:23 PM

The Aam Aadmi Party will on Thursday release its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls. Party chief Arvind Kejriwal will launch the manifesto at his Tilak Lane residence here. In its manifesto, the AAP will favor decriminalization of homosexuality, supporting the Delhi High Court's 2009 decision on consensual gay sex. The document will also deal in detail with gender and social justice. Source:IANS

I will defeat Modi, never join BJP: Kejriwal - April 02, 2014 06:56 PM

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal vowed to defeat BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi and denied speculation that he might join the BJP. Addressing impromptu meetings in East Delhi in support of AAP candidate Rajmohan Gandhi, Kejriwal launched a vicious attack on both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress. Source: IANS

Kejriwal questions Modi wave, attacks Sonia - April 02, 2014 03:14 PM

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal hit back at BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, saying if there was indeed a 'Modi wave' in India, then why was the Gujarat chief minister fighting the Lok Sabha polls from two places. The former Delhi chief minister was equally harsh on Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Source:IANS

BJP & Congress afraid of elections says Kejriwal - April 01, 2014 04:48 PM

While campaigning for the AAP candidate for West Delhi Jarnail Singh at a rally in Dwarka, Arvind Kejriwal accused both BJP and Congress of pressurizing the Lt Governor to shelve Assembly polls in Delhi. He said that both the parties are scared of elections. Kejriwal claimed that "If elections are held tomorrow, AAP will get 50 seats”. 
Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal

Age45
DOB25066
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 awrded 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.

Candidate against Arvind Kejriwal from Varanasi Parliamentary Constituency in Uttar Pradesh



Candidate NamePolitical PartySymbol
Vijay Prakash JaiswalBSPBSP
Narendra Bhai ModiBJPBJP
Surendra Singh PatelSPSP



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.

Last Updated on April 12, 2014




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