Arvind Kejriwal is a well known Indian politician and popular social activist and a former civil servant. He is serving as 7th chief minister of Delhi since 2015. Currently, Kejriwal is chairman of Aam Aadmi Party(AAP).
He was born on 16th August 1968 in a remote village of Haryana. As a bright student from childhood, Arvind cleared the test in his first attempt and joined IIT Kharagpur, in West Bengal, choosing mechanical engineering as his stream. After completing his degree, he secured job in Tata Steels, but so he left the job for preparing civil service examination attending his true calling from heart. He cleared the civil service examination in 1993 and joined Indian revenue service. He married his 1993 IRS batchmate Sunita in 1995.
His social life bloomed when he founded a movement called Parivartan in 1999 to expose fake ration card scam and assisted the citizens of Delhi in matters related to income tax, electricity and food rations. In order to focus more on Social cause. He resigned from his job in 2006 and established the Public Cause Research Foundation.
Kejriwal rose to popularity in 2010 when he associated himself with the prominent social activist Anna Hazare in early 2010s while campaigning for the passing of the Jan Lokpal bill. Following differences with Anna Hazare regarding whether or not to politicize the popular India Against Corruption movement. Later, he established his own political party called Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and contested in 2013 Delhi assembly election and his party won 28 out of 70 seats defeating Sheila Dikshit by a huge margin of 25,864 votes on 28 December 2013. With conditional support from the Indian National Congress. He formed the government and sworn in as chief minister of Delhi. But just in 49 days he resigned citing his failure to table Jan Lokpal because according to him he was not rendered any support from any other political party in order to pass the proposed anti-corruption legislature bill.
With Presodent rule prevailing in Delhi,He contested He contested in 16th Lokasabha Election from Varanasi constituency against the BJP prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi and but lost.His party again contested in 2015 Delhi assembly election and swiped 67 seats out of 70 seats and formed the government. He again took charge as the 7th chief minister of Delhi.
With his unique political views and zeal for public service, Kejriwal stands tall in Indian Politics.
Full Name – Arvind Kejriwal
Date of Birth – 16 Aug 1968 (Age 51)
Place of Birth – Siwani,Bhiwani District,Haryana,India
Party name – Aam Aadmi Party
Education – Graduate Professional
Profession – Activist,Politician
Father’s Name – Gobind Ram Kejriwal
Mother’s Name – Gita Devi
Spouse’s Name – Sunita Kejriwal
Spouse’s Profession – IRS officer
No of Sons – 1
No of Daughters – 1
Net Worth & Salary
Annual: ₹ 8,64,000.00
Monthly: ₹ 72,000.00
Weekly: ₹ 16,615.38
Daily: ₹ 3,323.08
Net Worth:₹1.69 CRORE
Awards and recognitions
- 2004: Ashoka Fellow, Civic Engagement
- 2005: Satyendra K. Dubey Memorial Award, IIT Kanpur for his campaign for bringing transparency in Governance
- 2006: Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership
- 2006: CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in Public Service
- 2009: Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT Kharagpur for Eminent Leadership
- 2009: Awarded a grant and fellowship by the Association for India’s Development.
- 2010: Policy Change Agent of the Year, Economic Times Awards along with Aruna Roy
- 2011: NDTV Indian of the Year along with Anna Hazare
- 2013: CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2013-Politics
- 2013: Foreign Policy magazine top 100 global thinker, November 2013
- 2014: Kejriwal was featured in Time’s 2014 Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
- 2016: Ranked 42nd position on the list and is the sole leader from India. Among world’s 50 greatest leaders by Fortune
- 2017: A documentary titled An Insignificant Man on the political journey of Arvind Kejriwal was released.
1. Kejriwal’s showdown with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung: Soon after forming the government in Delhi in Feb 2015, there have been many instances where Kejriwal and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung were involved in ugly war of words. Kejriwal has always accused Jung of acting at Centre government’s behest. Jung and Kejriwal have been locked in an acrimonious battle over governance in Delhi, particularly on the posting of officials in the Delhi government. Delhi Police reports to Jung, not to Kejriwal.
2. Controversial TV ads: Glorifying his government’s achievements, The AAP government on July 12 came out with an advertisement with a tagline “Woh pareshaan karte rahein, hum kaam karte rahein” (They kept on troubling us, but we continued working). Another ad in June 2015, featured a housewife is seen doing all the household chores while her husband does nothing but read the newspaper, watch tv and sip on a cup of tea. In the ad she is extremely happy to receive the electricity bill which is much lower to the previous one and she thanks Kejriwal (whom she fondly calls Arvind in the ad). She is seen praying and thanking God for keep ‘her Arvind’ safe from all the bad elements in the society.
3. Nepotism: Kejriwal invited another controversy by appointing party leader Naveen Jaihind’s wife Swati Maliwal as the chief of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW). Kejriwal as well as AAP has had estranged relations with the outgoing DCW cheif Barkha Singh. The opposition parties criticised Kejriwal for for giving positions to people from the party in government.
4. Ugly spat with Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan In March 2015, Kejriwal shocked everyone when he ousted his two most trusted confidantes and AAP’s founding leaders- Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav. A video had emerged where CM Kejriwal was heard hurling verbal abuses at Bhushan and Yadav. “We would have lost the elections because of these two (Yadav and Bhushan). If they were in another party, they would’ve been kicked out”, he allegedly said.
5. Shakuntala Gamlin’s appointment In May 2015, while calling Gamlin’s appoinrtment “unconstitutional”, Kejriwal government had said the LG cannot bypass the elected government and Chief Minister and that he acted against “the Constitution, GNCT of Delhi Act and the Transaction of Business Rules.” In her letter to Jung, Gamlin accused Kejriwal’s Secretary Rajendra Kumar of making a telephone call asking her not be in race for the post. She also accused the AAP government of casting aspersions on her integrity to service and levelling false charges. In her scathing letter to Jung Gamlin claimed she was pressurised by a senior bureaucrat in CM Kejriwal’s office not to be in race for the post due to her alleged proximity to BSES discoms.
6. Fake degrees: AAP government in Delhi is accused of giving cabinet posts to politicians possessing fake educational degrees. Some of them are MLA Bhavna Gaur, former Law minister Jitender Singh Tomar, AAP MLA Surender Singh.
7. One man-centric party There have been numerous cases where Kejriwal has been described as a man with ego and attitude, in handling various situations.
8. Fallout with Delhi Police Earlier this month, Kejriwal called top Delhi Police officers the “agents” of PM Narendra Modi, as the state assembly adopted a resolution to set up a panel to probe the “police inaction” in cases of crime against women. Meanwhile Delhi Police Commissionar BS Bassi responded by saying, “I take criticism in a positive spirit, even if it is wrong.” However, recently, it came to the fore that Kejriwal never formally asked for the control over Delhi Police, according to an RTI query filed by an activist Dev Ashish Bhattacharya . Kejriwal has been blaming Center for debilitating law and order in the national capital.
9. Thulla remark Kejriwal stirred a controversy by calling a police constable, “thulla”, during an interview. The constable, who is posted at Govindpuri police station in New Delhi, had on July 22, filed a complaint in which he had claimed that he felt ‘insulted and defamed’ by Kejriwal’s remark. Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi had also hinted his displeasure over the use of word ‘thulla’ by Kejriwal. However, Kejriwal apologised for using a Hindi derogatory word and clarified that he used the word for “corrupt” officials.
10. Hefty power bills The electricity bill of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Civil Lines residence was about Rs 91,000 for the months of April and May, according to an RTI reply. In June, The power bill for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s official residence stood at over Rs 1.35 lakh. The Delhi BJP has slammed Kejriwal for “high power bills” and accused him of spending public money for personal comfort. After the electricity bill for April and May came out, the Delhi government had said it included electricity charges for a camp office and various other facilities installed for visitors at the complex. Sources said Kejriwal’s residence has over 30 air-conditioners besides a number of air coolers.
- He had the opportunity to work with Mother Teresa at her Kalighat Ashram for two months.
- Kejriwal believes in simplicity and is a vegetarian by choice.
- He married his 1993 IRS batchmate Sunita in 1995.
- He resgined from his job in 2006 and established the Public Cause Research Foundation.
- He does not smoke or drink alcohol.
- His hobbies include reading, doing yoga, vipasana, watching movies and listening to music.
- A Blue Waganor, which had become an iconic association with kejriwal during in campaign in 2015 Delhi Assembly Election, was, infact, gifted to him by software engineer, Kundan Sharma. Reportedly the car was stolen from outside the Delhi secretariat in October 2017.
- Arvind’s classmate said in an interview that during college days in Kharagpur, Arvind used to go to slums to teach poor children who could not afford education.
- He donated his Magsaysay award money to an NGO.
- He was the person because of whom Right To Information(RTI) Delhi came to action in 2005.
- Neither he celebrates his birthday nor his children. Reason is unknown.
- He had to postpone the day to file his nomination in the Delhi Assembly Election twice; first time during 2015 Delhi Assembly Election and second time during 2020 Delhi Assembly Election. Both the time the reason was same; Both the time his supporters creating a traffic jam like situation
- Besides being studious, he is a fan of Bollywood actor Aamir Khan.
- He likes to watch comedy movies.
- Even at his workplace, he refused to use service of peon and personally cleaned his desk.
- Permanent address – 87 Block ,B.K.Dutt Colony New Delhi -110001
- Present address – Bunglow No. 6, Flag Staff Road, Civil Lines, Delhi.
- Email – [email protected]
- Website – http://aamaadmiparty.org/
- Social Handles –
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AAPkaArvind/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArvindKejriwal