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AAP government to soon table Jan Lokpal Bill
April 16, 2015 10:03 AM
The Aam Aadmi Party government is likely to soon table the Jan Lokpal Bill, which led Arvind Kejriwal to resign as Delhi's chief minister in 2014 when the assembly could not pass the proposal. Kejriwal on Wednesday gave an indication through his twitter account that the government has started working on the Jan Lokpal Bill but he did not mention the exact date. "Started working on Janlokpal Bill," Kejriwal tweeted. Source: IANS
All vacant posts for SC/ST will soon be filled: Kejriwal
April 15, 2015 10:05 AM
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that all vacant posts meant for SC/STs would soon be filled. "We will ensure that all the reserved posts of SC/ST lying vacant in various categories in all the departments will be filled soon," Kejriwal said while paying floral tribute to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on his 124th birth anniversary in Delhi Assembly. He said that the rights of people belonging to SC/ST community would be given to them in true spirit. "The process of making SC/ST certificates in Delhi will be made easier as the people belonging to these communities are facing lots of difficulties in availing the certificates," he said. Source: IANS
Kejriwal pays tribute to B.R. Ambedkar
April 14, 2015 01:59 PM
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday paid floral tributes to Bharat Ratna Bhimrao Ambedkar on the occasion of his 124th birth anniversary. Speaking on the occasion in the Delhi assembly, Kejriwal said that Ambedkar was a great man and played a vital role in drafting India's Constitution. "Dr. Ambedkar gave us the best constitution of the world but was it properly implemented?" he asked. "AAP government is dedicated towards the welfare of the people. It is duty of the AAP government and all of its MLAs to fulfill the dream of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar," he added. Source: IANS
Unauthorised colonies to be regularised, says Kejriwal
April 13, 2015 09:51 AM
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that his government will regularise unauthorized colonies and provide permanent houses to slum dwellers, and will seek more funds from the central government for the purpose. "We will regularise all the unauthorised colonies in Delhi. We will provide permanent houses to slum dwellers," he said while addressing a public rally at Karawal Nagar in east Delhi. He said that the work to regularise unauthorised colonies in Delhi had already begun. Source: IANS
Delhi government wants CCTVs in police stations
April 11, 2015 10:08 AM
The Delhi government on Friday asked Delhi Police to install CCTV cameras inside police stations and sought a list of "dark spots" considered dangerous for women. In a letter from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's office to Delhi Police Commissioner B. S. Bassi, complaints regarding non-accessibility of beat constables and non-registration of first information reports (FIRs) were also mentioned, a Delhi government statement said. The letter asked the Delhi Police to prominently display the names of the beat constables and their contact numbers. The letter also stated that the Delhi government was committed to install CCTV cameras across the national capital. "Delhi Police is requested to send a list of dark spots, which could be potential places of crime against women, to ensure immediate illumination," the statement said. Source: IANS

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.

Highlights of Arvind Kejriwal’s Speech after Taking Oath as Delhi’s CM

Arvind 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.

Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal Factsheet

Current PositionCM of Delhi
MLA, New Delhi constituency
DOBAug 16, 1968
Place of BirthSiwani, Bhiwani district,Haryana
EducationMechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur
Profession before joining politicsMechanical Engineer, Civil Services.
Worked for the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) as a Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax Department.
SpouseSunita 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 held Joint Commissioner, Indian Revenue Service (IRS) in the Income Tax Department.
Chief Minister of Delhi- 28 December 2013 to 14 February 2014.
Work done by Kejriwal Government

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 NamePolitical PartySymbolStatusvotes
Arvind KejriwalAAPAAP Winner57213
Nupur SharmaBJPBJP Runner up25630
Kiran WaliaINCINCRunner up4781
Swami Om JiABHMRunner up373
Rakesh KumarBSPBSPRunner up168
Anil KumarINDINDRunner up192
Ravi KumarNCPNCPRunner up100
Sunil Kumar KandukuriINDRunner up94
Mohd. Siraj SahilSamras Samaj PartyRunner up48
Sanjeev ChhibberNADPRunner up45
AJITGareeb Aadmi PartyRunner up34
Professor R N SinghVSPRunner up30

About Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind 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.

Kejriwal also published a book called Swaraj in 2012. Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in as Delhi Chief Minister for the first time on 28 December 2013 at the Ramlila Maidan and formed the government with Congress's support. However, his tenure lasted for 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.

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Arvind Kejriwal Elections Result 2014

YearConstituency State Status
2014VaranasiUttar PradeshLost

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 joined 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 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 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 Minister

The 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.

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' 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.

Internal Feud in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)
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
sting operation on aam aadmi party and its impact
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
Arvind Kejriwal's dual role in Aam Aadmi Party
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
Will Delhi and the Centre continue to remain at loggerheads
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
Arvind Kejriwal Janata Darbars
Spectacle and Arvind Kejriwal seem inseparable. The Aam Aadmi Party supremo’s second innings as Delhi chief minister, after a huge mandate, is as spectacular as his first one – devoid of any compunction of playing to the gallery. Consider him resuming his Janata Darbars even before he is settled in Delhi! He still lives at his wife’s official accommodation at Kaushambi in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh and it is here that he is holding his Janata Darbars. Doesn’t this sound weird ...Read More
Can Modi and Kejriwal governments function together
How often did we find on national television channels the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders shooting down the Aam Aadmi Party’s promises as “utter lies” given the limitations of the Delhi government in implementing such promises? The BJP attacks on the AAP were based on the fact that Delhi was still not a full-fledged state and that any city government in Delhi therefore, had to depend on the Centre. The BJP’s reason therefore was that only a BJP government could yield ...Read More
How Delhi can change under new governance
At least three news items, within a couple of days of the Aam Aadmi Party taking control of Delhi, catch attention: Government water tankers reaching those parched unauthorised localities of the national capital that they had never visited before Early morning cleaning of drains in some other unauthorised colonies, which was a rarity The Delhi cabinet deciding, in its very first sitting on 16 February, to ban demolition in residential areas So hasn’t the new government in Delhi made a ...Read More
Is Punjab the next destination for Aam Aadmi Party
After Delhi, can Punjab be the next big haul for the Aam Aadmi Party? After all, it is the only state from where the AAP could win seats (four seats to be more precise) in the last general elections. So, shouldn’t the AAP now embark on a plan to do well in Punjab straightaway to make a dent in the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party citadel well on time when it goes to poll in 2017? Yet there is some ...Read More
Kejriwals oath ceremony in Ramlila Maidan
It was on 14 February 2014 when Arvind Kejriwal had unceremoniously vacated the chief minister’s chair in a whiff – a decision that had surprised everybody. With a quirk of irony, exactly a year later – on 14 February 2015 – he swears in again as the Chief Minister of Delhi. St. Valentine’s Day has a special significance for the bespectacled leader and his Aam Aadmi Party. During this intervening period, he and his party have seen it all – ...Read More
10 ways in which Kejriwal revived his image in Delhi
A friendly next door neighbour persona, middle class appearance and uncharismatic personality make Arvind Kejriwal one of those middle class office-going people who are perennially grappled with the vagaries of existence. Like millions of youth, his non-elitist demeanour makes him look like any other morsel in the crowd. At the most, the only things that could have made Arvind Kejriwal stand out in the crowd were his IIT degree and the tag of (former) Indian Revenue Service officer – qualifications ...Read More
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Last Updated on 20 April, 2015.

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