Arvind Kejriwal: Lesser known facts about the 'janta ka CM'

Updated: 13 February, 2020 14:00 IST | Shawn.Dsouza
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    Arvind Kejriwal, who is popularly known as muffler man, is one of the most popular figures of contemporary Indian politics. The Aam Aadmi Party returned to power by winning 62 of the 70 assembly seats in 2020 Delhi elections held on February 8.

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    Arvind Kejriwal rose to prominence in 2012 and has been the Chief Minister of Delhi since 2015. Prior to that he held the post for a period of 49 days.

  • Arvind Kejriwal

    Born to Gobind Ram Kejriwal and Gita Devi, in an upper-middle-class family in Haryana, Kejriwal was studious since his childhood. As his father was an electrical engineer, Kejriwal spent most of his younger days in north Indian towns such as Sonipat, Hisar and Ghaziabad. He studied at Campus School located in Hisar and at a Christian missionary Holy Child School located in Sonipat.

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    Young Kejriwal appeared for the IIT-JEE exam in 1985 and scored All India Rank (AIR) of 563. He then went on to graduate from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and majored in mechanical engineering.

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    In 1989, Arvind Kejriwal got a job at Tata Steel and was then posted in Jamshedpur. However, three years later, Kejriwal resigned in 1992 in order to study for the Civil Services Examination.

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    When Kejriwal was in Kolkata, he met Mother Teresa and volunteered with The Missionaries of Charity. During his stay in the city, he also became a volunteer for the Ramakrishna Mission in North-East India and at Nehru Yuva Kendra.

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    Arvind Kejriwal successfully cleared the Civil Services exam and entered the Indian Revenue Services. He began his service in the New Delhi Income Tax Department.

    In picture: Arvind Kejriwal with Sharad Yadav and Chandrababu Naidu

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    Arvind Kejriwal married his batchmate Sunita in 1994, she is an IRS officer. The couple has a daughter and a son.

    In picture: Arvind Kejriwal with his wife Sunita

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    While still in service, Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, founded a movement named Parivartan. The movement was started in the Sundar Nagar area of Delhi, where they addressed issues like public works, social welfare schemes, income tax and electricity. The movement was run on individual donations.

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    Later in 2005, Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia launched an NGO named Kabir, to address issues related to RTI and participatory governance. In 2006, he quit the IRS job to focus on social activism.

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    Arvind Kejriwal strongly believes that political corruption is the root cause of corruption in the country. It is evident from the various scams involving political figures that have been exposed by the media.

    In picture: Arvind Kejriwal with Kamal Haasan

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    During his stint in social activism, Kejriwal came in contact with Anna Hazare, a social activist who led the Jan Lok Pal bill movement in 2012 and joined his movement. Soon, Arvind Kejriwal gathered many followers and sping up the momentum of the anti-corruption movement. He also joined hands with Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan, during the movement.

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    Soon Kejriwal became the architect of the Jan Lokpal Bill movement. He aimed to bring an ombudsman over the government and a strong RTI (Right to Information) in the country.

    In picture: Arvind Kejriwal with Rajpal Yadav

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    However, the movement began to lose steam over slow-progressing talks with other political parties. Kejriwal decided to take the matter to another route. As a result, Kejriwal and Hazare had major differences in opinions.

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    Anna Hazare wanted to politicise the movement while Kejriwal thought otherwise. The two parted ways and in November 2012. Thus, the Aam Aadmi Party came into existence.

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    Arvind Kejriwal has embarked upon a rather tough mission which he wishes to achieve through politics. He is on a mission of making India corruption-free through the more popular means of seeking public support – standing for elections.

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    In all these years, the Aam Aadmi Party has quite a lot of followers throughout the country.

    In picture: Arvind Kejriwal with the Dalai Lama

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    After winning the elections, AAP's Twitter handle said, "We promise to serve you with the same zeal for another term. We won't let you down. Dilli, we love you"

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    After a landslide victory in the 2020 Delhi lections, 'Janta Ka CM' Arvind Kejriwal thanked the people 

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    Arvind Kejriwal will take oath as chief minister for a third term in a "Delhi-specific" ceremony at Ramlila Maidan on February 16

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    In picture: AAP leader Sanjay Singh poses with Arvind Kejriwal after the party's landslide victory in the 2020 Delhi Legislative Assembly elections 

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About The Gallery

Arvind Kejriwal, an average bespectacled politician, swayed the Delhi elections in 2020. The Aam Aadmi Party returned to power by winning 62 of the 70 assembly seats in the election held on February 8. Arvind Kejriwal, a person who strongly believes that "change begins with small things”, created a storm in Indian politics with his unique approach.

All photos: Arvind Kejriwal's Instagram and AAP's Twitter handle

First Published: 16 August, 2019 09:20 IST