The life and times of Arvind Kejriwal
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party`s convener Arvind Kejriwal is all set to become the youngest chief minister of Delhi. The way to his becoming the CM was paved when the AAP announced on Monday that as per the referendum of the people, they would go ahead and form the next government in Delhi by taking Congress` support.
In the recently concluded Assembly elections, the BJP emerged as the single largest party with 31 seats while SAD got one seat. The AAP surprised everyone by winning 28 seats in the 70 member House.
The BJP told the LG that it could not prove majority on the floor of the House. Meanwhile, the Congress with its 08 seats offered support to the AAP. The AAP then decided to seek people`s opinion on whether they should go ahead and form the government in Delhi.
Kejriwal addressed the media today and said that the people had voted overwhelmingly in favour of their forming the next government in Delhi.
Now that the new party on the block is all set to assume power in Delhi, lets take a look at the life and times of Arvind Kejriwal.The 45 year old Arvind Kejriwal is all set to be Delhi`s youngest chief minister. He defeated three-time Congress chief minister Sheila Dikshit from the New Delhi constituency by more than 25,000 votes.
He was born on August 16, 1968 into a middle class family in a village in Haryana.
He studied mechanical engineering from IIT-Kharagpur.
Kejriwal joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1995 but left his job in 2001. He founded the an NGO, Parivartan (Change) and campaigned to bring Right to Information Act in 2005. He won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006 for his efforts in the field of RTI.
But the AAP convener came on the centre-stage and became a national figure in 2011 when he teamed with social activist Anna Hazare to press for the Jan Lokpal Bill.
Kejriwal also went on a fast along with Anna in his fight against corruption.
In November 2012, Kejriwal launched the Aam Aadmi Party. That led to his parting ways with Anna, who was against the formation of a political party.
The AAP`s symbol is the broom and its party workers sport white caps. The party was able to raise 20 crores through donations to fight the Delhi Assembly elections.
The AAP decided to take the political plunge by fighting the Delhi polls. It won 28 seats in the 70 member House, the counting of votes which was done on December 08.
Kejriwal said today that the oath-taking ceremony will be held at Ramlila Maidan, the venue of the Lokpal movement.
Kejriwal`s wife Sunita is an Indian Revenue Service officer. They have two children.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Zee Media Exclusive: Kangana, Madhavan talk about their film 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns'
- DNA: Harmful chemicals found in Maggi, Nestle India still in denial mode
- CM Kejriwal shortlists 39 'unwanted' IAS officers in Delhi
- Rajasthan: Gujjars revive reservation agitation, block rail track
- DNA: Modi-led NDA govt's hits and misses in one year
- Zee Media Exclusive interview with Congress leader Kamal Nath
- J Jayalalithaa sworn-in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
- Mumbai: One injured in shootout at Film City
- ISIS to buy first nuclear weapon from Pak?
- Mumbai: CCTV captures assailant with gun at Film City
- Dr Subhash Chandra Show: Aspiring for more than what you have!
- BJP now central pole of Indian politics: Arun Jaitley
- Zee Media Exclusive chat with 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' cast Kangana, Madhavan
- Maharashtra FDA sends Maggi noodles for lab testing
- Mathura SSP receives death threat letter, message for PM Modi
- IPL 2015, Qualifier 2: CSK vs RCB - As it happened...
- India to soon have its own space shuttle!
- PM Narendra Modi graces Digvijay Singh's son wedding reception
- Rahul Gandhi to pressurise govt to act on one-rank-one-pension issue
- Goa Board SSC Exam Results 2015 announced
- ISIS close to buying nuclear weapon from Pakistan?
- Manohar Parrikar visits forward areas along LoC, reviews security situation
- Businessman shot next to Amitabh Bachchan's shooting location in Mumbai Film City
- There will be no delay in appointing CIC, CVC: Jitendra Singh
- Credibility of Prime Minister's Office restored by BJP, says Arun Jaitley
- ISIS justifies raping slave girls, says Michelle Obama is 'worth $40'
- LIVE SCORE: 1st Test, Day 2 - England vs New Zealand
- Arvind Kejriwal to highlight AAP govt's 100 days work on Monday