Arvind Kejriwal


Arvind Kejriwal  is the Chief Minister of Delhi since February 2015. He was also Chief Minister of Delhi for 49 days from December 2013 to February 2014. He is also national convener of the Aam Admi Party (AAP). AAP won the 2015 Assembly elections with majority obtaining 67 seats out of total 70 seats.

He is a mechanical engineer graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and worked for Indian Revenue Service (IRS) in the income tax department as a joint commissioner. In the year 2006, He was awarded with the  Ramon Magsaysay award ,which is a award for Emergent Leadership , that recognizes his involvement in the grassroots movement Parivartan using right to information legislation in a campaign against corruption.

In 2006, He gave his Ramon Magsaysay award as a corpus fund to found the Public Cause Research Foundation , a non-governmental organization (NGO). In 2012, he launched AAP and it won the Delhi Legislative Assembly election in 2013. On 28 December 2013, he became the Chief Minister of Delhi. On 14th February 2014, he resigned 49 days later because his proposal based on anti-corruption legislation was not passed by the minority government due to lack of support of parties.

On 14 February 2015, for the second time, he became the Chief Minister after AAP won the elections of Delhi.

Early life

Arvind was born on  16 August 1968 in Siwani,Bhiwani district of Haryana in a middle class family. Gobind Ram Kejriwal and Gita Devi are his siblings. Arvind’s father is electrical engineer who graduated from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra. He lived in many towns like Sonepat, Ghaziabad and Hisar. He did his schooling from Campus School in Hisar and at a Christian missionary school in Sonipat.

Establishment of AAP

One of the major criticisms about the Jan Lokpal activists was that they had no powers dictate terms to the elected representatives and this how Arvind and other politicians enter into the politics. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was launched formally in November 2012 and Arvind was selected as the National Convener. Aam Aadmi phrase or “common man”, whose interests Arvind proposed to represent. AAP’s establishment let to rift between Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal.

Chief Minister of Delhi (Second term)

In the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections, Arvind led AAP to win 67 seats out of total 70 seats. He was chosen as the Chief Minister, from the New Delhi constituency, defeating Nupur Sharma by  31,583 votes. On 14 February 2015, as Delhi’s chief minister for a 2nd time at Ramlila Maidan, he took oath.

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.
  • 2010 : Policy Change Agent of the Year, Economic Times Award along with Aruna Roy.
  • 2011 : NDTV Indian of the year 2013- Politics
  • 2013 : Foreign Policy magazine top 100 global thinker, November 2013.
  • 2014 : Arvind was featured in Times 2014, Time 100 of the most influential people in the world.
  • 2015 : 7th position in 100 most influential Indians 2015 by The Indian Express
  • 2016 : 8th position in 100 most influential Indians 2016 by The Indian Express
  • 2016 : Ranked 42nd position on the list and is the sole leader from India. Among world’s 50 greatest leaders by Fortune’s Magazine.
7th Chief Minister of Delhi
Assumed office 14 February 2015
Deputy Manish Sisodia
Preceded by President’s Rule
In office 28 December 2013 – 14 February 2014
Preceded by Sheila Dikshit
Succeeded by President’s Rule
Member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly for New Delhi
Assumed office 8 December 2013
Preceded by Sheila Dikshit
Succeeded by Sheila Dikshit
Personal details
Born 16 August 1968 (age 47),Siwani, Haryana, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Aam Aadmi Party
Spouse(s) Sunita Kejriwal
Profession Activist, Politician
Children 2
Alma mater IIT Kharagpur
Religion Hinduism
Awards Ramon Magsaysay Award
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