Indian politician and former civil servant Arvind Kejriwal is well-known. Since 2015, Kejriwal has served as Delhi’s 7th Chief Minister. Kejriwal’s AAP also won the most seats in the Delhi Assembly elections in the year 2015, as the party’s chairman. Arvind Kejriwal’s biography, career, and scandals are all fascinating, so let’s take a look at some of them.
‘Arvind Kejriwal’ was born on August 16, 1968, in the Indian state of Haryana, in the village of Siwani, Bhiwani district. Back April 2011, Kejriwal and Anna Hazare held the India Against Corruption (IAC) rally to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan. The collapse of the IAC Movement prompted Arvind to enter politics and establish the Aam Aadmi Party in November 2012, together with his comrades from IAC. New Delhi’s Sheila Dikshit was defeated by 25,864 votes in the 2013 Delhi Assembly Elections, and on December 28, 2013, Arvind Kejriwal was inaugurated as Delhi’s Chief Minister. The anti-corruption legislation bill was never passed, and he was forced to step down after only 49 days in office on February 14, 2014, claiming he had no backing from other political parties. Arvind began serving as Delhi’s chief minister for a second time in 2015.
|Height (approx.)||in feet inches– 5’ 5”
in centimeters– 165 cm
|Political Party||Aam Aadmi Party|
• He established the Aam Aadmi Party in November 2012.
• He announced on March 25, 2014, that he will run against Narendra Modi in the Varanasi constituency for the Lok Sabha. He lost by a margin of almost 3,70,000 votes.
• With a massive majority of 67 out of 70 seats, he was elected as Delhi’s Chief Minister for the second time on February 14, 2015.
• At the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, Kejriwal took the oath of office for the third time on February 16.
• On September 12, 2021, he was chosen to serve as the Aam Aadmi Party’s national convener for a third time.
|Date of Birth||16 August 1968|
|Age (as of 2022)||54 Years|
|Birthplace, Hometown||Siwani, Bhiwani district, Haryana, India|
|School||• Campus School, Hisar, Haryana, India
• Christian Missionary Holy Child School, Sonipat, Haryana, India
|College/University||Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur|
|Educational Qualification||mechanical engineering graduate|
Gobind Ram Kejriwal and Geeta Devi’s oldest child is Arvind Kejriwal, an electrical engineer. Kejriwal is from a Vaishya (Baniya) Hindu household.
Arvind has a younger sister, Ranjana, who works as a doctor at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Haridwar, and a younger brother, Manoj, who works as a software engineer for IBM in Pune. Arvind Kejriwal wed Sunita Kejriwal in 1995; the pair has a daughter named Harshita and a boy named Pulkit.
Christian Missionary Holy Child School in Sonipat, Haryana, and Campus School in Hisar, Haryana, are where Arvind received his final education. He studied in the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, West Bengal, after finishing high school and earned a mechanical engineering degree there. After earning his degree from IIT Kharagpur, Arvind began working for the TATA Steel Company. Kejriwal started preparing for the Civil Services test, passed it on his first try, and was hired as an IRS officer. Kejriwal insisted on having a table cleaner by himself while he was an IRS official. He has a tendency of going over every single file and line of every document, marking the major lines with a marker, and making sure everything is in order. According to his coworkers, he double-checked the Jan Lokpal Bill around 100 times.
Arvind Kejriwal left the revenue services in 2006 and devoted all of his attention to humanitarian works. In order to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill, which was unsuccessful owing to political ploys by the Congress, BJP, and other political parties, Arvind Kejriwal joined Anna Hazare, a social activist, in Ramlila Maidan, Delhi, in 2011. This was during his time working in social services.
The primary contributor to the creation of the Jan Lokpal Bill was Arvind. Even though Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi, and many other IAC team members opposed his choice to enter politics, Kejriwal and many other IAC team members chose to form a political party to fight against corruption in India after the movement. The Aam Aadmi Party was founded by Arvind Kejriwal in 2012, and he ran in the 2013 Delhi Assembly Elections, defeating Sheila Dikshit from the New Delhi constituency by a margin of up to 25,000 votes. As a result, on December 28, 2013, he began serving as Delhi’s chief minister.
Arvind stated on March 25, 2014, that he will run against Narendra Modi in the Varanasi constituency in the Lok Sabha election following his impressive victory in the Delhi Assembly Election. However, Arvind lost by a significant margin of around 3,70,000 votes. Even though he lost, Kejriwal persisted and ran in the Delhi Assembly Election again. On February 14, 2015, he was elected chief minister of Delhi for a second time with a commanding 67 out of 70 seat majority. At Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, he took his third oath of office as Delhi’s Chief Minister. He was chosen to serve as the third national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party on September 12, 2021.
Despite having a spotless political career, Kejriwal is facing 4 allegations relating to intentionally inflicting harm on a public worker in order to deter him from doing his duties (IPC Section 332) and 5 counts linked to disobeying a properly issued order by a public servant (IPC Section-188). In addition to this, he is framed in 4 charges related to obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions (IPC Section-186), 4 charges related to assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty (IPC Section-353) and 4 charges related to Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention (IPC Section-34) (IPC Section-34).
Arvind Kejriwal’s name is been dragged into the forefront for other matters as well. He faces four charges under IPC Section 499 for defamation, four charges under IPC Section 500 for punishment for defamation, four charges under IPC Section 147 for rioting punishment, and four charges under IPC Section 499 for each member of an unlawful assembly guilty of an offence committed in furtherance of a common object (IPC Section-149). Besides, he is also acknowledged in 3 charges related to rioting, armed with deadly weapon (IPC Section-148), 2 charges related to assaulting or obstructing public servant when suppressing riot, etc. (IPC Section-152) and 2 charges related to knowingly joining or continuing in assembly of five or more persons after it has been commanded to disperse (IPC Section-151) (IPC Section-151).
Moreover, Arvind is convicted in 3 cases, 1 of which is the charge linked to wantonly offering provocation with purpose to incite riot-if rioting to be committed-if not committed (IPC Section-153) (IPC Section-153). The third accusation is connected to improper restraint, and the second charge is participating or continuing in an unlawful assembly while knowing it has been ordered to disperse (IPC Section 145). (IPC Section-341).
The Delhi Chief Secretary “assault” case identified Kejriwal, Sisodia, and 15 other people as defendants on August 13, 2018.
Net Worth & Salary
- The lawmaker receives a salary of 1.25 lakh and other benefits (as in 2018).
- He makes about 67 lakh rupees a year. Kejriwal has a net worth of over Rs. 7 crore (as in 2018).
Awards & Recognition
- Arvind Kejriwal received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006 for his role in helping to pass the RTI Act.
- In 2010, Kejriwal and Aruna Roy shared the Economic Times Award for “Policy Change Agent of the Year.”
- He shared the 2011 NDTV Indian of the Year award with Anna Hazare.
- He received the 2013 CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in Politics award.
- He was included as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in the November 2013 issue of the Foreign Policy magazine.
- He was included among the Top 100 most influential individuals in the world by Time magazine in 2014.
- Kejriwal was ranked number 42 on Fortune magazine’s list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders in 2016.He received the CNN-IBN
- Indian of the Year award in the same year, 2006
- He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009, the IIT Kharagpur Award for Eminent Leadership, a fellowship from the
- Association for India’s Development, and a grant.
- His rise to political prominence is highlighted in the 2017 documentary “An Insignificant Man. “Arvind received the Ashok Fellow for Civic Engagement in the year 2004.
- He received the Satyendra K. Dubey Memorial Award from IIT Kanpur in 2005.
- He doesn’t drink alcohol or smoke.
- He only eats vegetarian food.
- Reading, yoga, vipasana, watching movies, and listening to music are some of Kejriwal’s pastimes.
- When Kejriwal ran for office in the 2015 Delhi Assembly Elections, a Blue WagonR, which had come to symbolise him, was really a gift from software engineer Kundan Sharma. The automobile reportedly vanished in October 2017 from in front of the Delhi Secretariat.
- A former classmate of Arvind Kejriwal stated in an interview that Arvind used to visit slums to teach children who could not afford to attend school when in college in Kharagpur.
- He gave the money from his Magsaysay Award to an NGO.
- Additionally, it was due of him that Delhi’s RTI (Right to Information) program was implemented in 2005.
- He doesn’t celebrate either his birthday or the birthdays of his kids, for an unexplained reason.
- He has also collaborated with Mother Teresa, a humanitarian activist.
- Twice, during the 2015 Delhi Assembly Elections and the 2020 Delhi Assembly Elections, he was forced to postpone the day on which he would have filed his nomination. The same rationale applied both times: a sizable gathering of his followers that resembled a traffic jam.
- Chinese food is Arvind Kejriwal’s preferred cuisine, and he enjoys Golgappe and Jalebi for sweet dishes and street food, respectively.
- Kejriwal respects Anna Hazare, a social activist .Taste of China in Delhi’s Connaught Place is his favourite restaurant.
- His favourite performer is Aamir Khan.
- He enjoys watching the comedian Kapil Sharma in his leisure time.