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Kejriwal wants to meet Khattar over water sharing
February 26, 2015 03:36 PM
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday sought a meeting with his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar to discuss water sharing between the two states. The development comes a day after the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi halved the power rates and made 20,000 litres of water free for a month for Delhiites. Kejriwal has written to Khattar asking him to take up seriously the issue of reduced water supply to Delhi from Haryana through the Munak Canal, official sources said. This, Kejriwal pointed out, would lead to a serious crisis in Delhi in the coming summer, the source said. Source: IANS
Delhi halves power tariff, gives 20,000 litres free water
February 25, 2015 05:33 PM
Twelve days after taking over the reigns of power in Delhi, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government on Wednesday announced a 50 percent slash in power tariff up to 400 units and 20,000 litres of free water per household. The rates will come into effect from March 1, announced Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in New Delhi after a cabinet meeting. "The reduction in power tariff will benefit 36,06,428 families, which is around 90 percent of the city's population," Sisodia said, adding that those consuming over 400 units would have to pay the full bill. Sisodia also said that around 18 lakh families will be able to reap the benefits of free water and informed that the Delhi Jal Board has been directed to speed up the process of setting up infrastructure to provide water to colonies which do not have pipelines. Source: IANS
Kejriwal joins Hazare, says won't allow forcible takeover of land
February 25, 2015 11:57 AM
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that his government would put all its might to not allow the central government forcibly take over land as he joined social activist Anna Hazare after almost three years to protest the Centre's land ordinance. Kejriwal joined Hazare's two-day agitation which began on Monday at Delhi's popular protest site Jantar Mantar, where both had parted ways over the former's decision to float a political party in August 2012. Calling Hazare his "guru" who was like a "father" to him, Kejriwal also invited his mentor to the Delhi Secretariat to inspire officials. Announcing the Aam Aadmi Party's support to Hazare's nationwide protest against the legislation, Kejriwal said that the BJP-led NDA government would work as a "property dealer for big industrialists" if the amendment was through in parliament. Source: IANS
Kejriwal invites Hazare to Delhi secretariat
February 24, 2015 06:04 PM
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday invited anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare to visit the Delhi secretariat. Addressing Hazare's two-day agitation against the land ordinance of the central government, Kejriwal said: "I would like Anna ji to visit the Delhi secretariat for 10 minutes and address all the HODs (heads of departments)." Hazare led an anti-corruption movement against the previous Congress-led government along with Kejriwal and the movement resulted in the birth of the Aam Aadmi Party. But the two had a fallout as Hazare was opposed to the idea of joining politics. At Jantar Mantar, Kejriwal addressed Hazare as his "guru" and "father figure" and assured that as the chief minister of Delhi, he would support the agitation with all his might. Source: IANS
Won't allow forcible takeover of land in Delhi: Kejriwal
February 24, 2015 04:55 PM
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that he will not allow the central government to forcibly take land away from anyone in the national capital under the amended land acquisition law. Addressing a crowd of protestors led by anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, who has launched a two-day agitation against the bill tabled in parliament by the NDA government, Kejriwal said: "We will use all our force to ensure that land is not taken away forcibly from anyone in Delhi." Kejriwal clarified that land is a subject that comes under the purview of the central government but his government would still make all the necessary efforts to protect the poor. The government on Tuesday introduced the land acquisition amendment bill in the Lok Sabha amid uproar by the opposition. 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.

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
Narendra Modi to skip Kejriwal's swearing in ceremony
It is all about statecraft when two state heads meet. In ordinary circumstances, the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal, the new Chief Minister of Delhi, could have been seen in this light. But it cannot be. After all, wasn’t it the very first meeting between the vanquished and the victor (in that order)? Remember a defeated Porus who demanded Alexander the great to treat him like a king – “Treat me, O Alexander, like a king”. ...Read More
Will Kejriwal be Able to Deliver as Promised
A historic triumph, a humongous majority and a clear mandate - the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) achieved a near-impossible feat in the 2015 Delhi Assembly election. The muffler man, Arvind Kejriwal took on the Modi-Shah duopoly and brought BJP down to a virtual extinction in the national capital. To live up to the mandate and the trust placed in them by the electorate of Delhi, AAP has to create a bigger history. Delhi, for long, has been struggling with perennial ...Read More
Arvind Kejriwal is the new CM of Delhi
Its AAP ki Sarkar once again and Arvind Kejriwal is back as the Chief Minister of Delhi! Arvind Kejriwal has led a life of dramatic swings that has seen both ups and downs but one feature nobody will deny him is that he is a survivor. The journey of a self-made man from a humble middle class background to centre stage of Indian politics makes great material for a popular Bollywood movie. While the common man of Delhi is celebrating ...Read More
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Last Updated on 28 February, 2015.

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