Revealed! Secret to Arvind Kejriwal's success: His wife Sunita

46-year-old Arvind Kejriwal says victory would not have been possible without his wife's constant support and understanding

New Delhi: Addressing his supporters, 46-year-old Arvind Kejriwal introduced his wife Sunita to the frenzied crowds chanting ‘Paanch Saal Kejriwal!’ slogans and waving hundreds of party flags and brooms the party’s election symbol.

Kejriwal speaks about his wife Sunita’s support, as he addresses supporters at Patel Nagar in New Delhi yesterday. Pic/PTI
Kejriwal speaks about his wife Sunita’s support, as he addresses supporters at Patel Nagar in New Delhi yesterday. Pic/PTI

“This is my wife,” he said, putting his arm around her shoulders. And as she folded her hands in greeting, triggering a roar, he added, “I would have never been able to work if she had not supported me.”

Kejriwal had met Sunita at the National Academy of Administration at Mussoorie during their training period after both of them qualified for the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). As the former Delhi Chief Minister spoke to party workers for the first time after the staggering victory of his party, an ecstatic Sunita, who is an IRS officer, quietly stood by his side.

Addressing the party workers, Kejriwal said the victory would not have been possible without her constant support and understanding. “She never comes in the picture but she is always there. It would not have been possible for me to achieve anything if she was not there,” he said.

Romance blossoms
Kejriwal often fondly remembers the day he proposed to Sunita, saying, “One day I knocked at her door in the academy and proposed to her. She said yes.”

The couple have two children, daughter Harshita, who studies at IIT Delhi, and son Pulkit. Kejriwal also has a younger sister and brother. He stays with his parents at Kaushambi in a flat allotted to his wife in her capacity as an IRS officer.

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