Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal
National Convenor, AAP
Member, Political Affairs Committee & National Executive
Chief Minister, Delhi
MLA, New Delhi

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Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in the Chief Minister of Delhi for the second time on February 14, 2015. Earlier, he became the youngest Chief Minister of Delhi when he was sworn for the first time on 28 December 2013. He won his first election against three term Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the New Delhi constituency in 2013 by a margin of over 22,000 votes. After being unable to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Delhi Assembly in February, 2014, he and his Cabinet resigned. He was re-elected from the New Delhi constituency in February, 2015.

Long before Mr Kejriwal entered politics, he had formed an NGO Parivartan to address citizens’ grievances related to Public Distribution System (PDS), public works, social welfare schemes, income tax and electricity. He resigned from the income tax department in 2006 and in the same year, he donated his Magsaysay award money as a corpus fund to set-up the Public Cause Research Foundation.

A social activist, political reformer and a former Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax department, Mr Kejriwal is known for his commitment towards the Right to Information and struggle for the Jan Lokpal. He has authored ‘Swaraj’, a book on his model of local self-governance and decentralization of administration. Known across the country as an anti-corruption crusader, he led the former members of India Against Corruption towards alternative politics and founded the Aam Aadmi Party on 2nd October, 2012.

Early life and education

Arvind Kejriwal was born in an upper middle-class educated Agrawal family in Siwani, Bhiwani district, Haryana on 16 August 1968, the first of the three children of Gobind Ram Kejriwal and Gita Devi. His father was an electrical engineer who graduated from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra. Kejriwal spent most of his childhood in north Indian towns such as Sonipat, Ghaziabad and Hisar. He was educated at Campus School in Hisar and at a Christian missionary Holy Child School at Sonipat.

In 1985, he took the IIT-JEE exam and scored All India Rank (AIR) of 563. He graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, majoring in Mechanical engineering. He joined Tata Steel in 1989 and was posted in Jamshedpur. Kejriwal resigned in 1992, having taken leave of absence to study for the Civil Services Examination. He spent some time in Calcutta (present-day Kolkata), where he met Mother Teresa, and volunteered with The Missionaries of Charity and at the Ramakrishna Mission in North-East India and at Nehru Yuva Kendra. He was selected for the Indian Revenue Service in 1993. Read more in or