Arvind Kejriwal: the scripts of 'Aam aadmi' win extraordinarily to return as Delhi CM
NEW DELHI: Arvind Kejriwal , an engineer, official and man from Delhi with a development agenda, it is the David who killed the mighty Goliath for the second time in five years.
The leader of Kejriwal is ready to win 63 of the 70 seats in Delhi, leaving the BJP with seven and decimating Congress, overcoming the divisive campaign of the BJP.
Nine years ago, Kejriwal got into the political framework behind Anna Hazare during the Lokpal movement in 2011 before quickly enlarging his canvas, first as a satyagrah activist and then as founder of the intelligent Aam Aadmi Party that assumed the power of the BJP to claim Delhi for the third time on Tuesday.
Perhaps the name of his party as carefully chosen as his public personality, the 51-year-old chief minister of Delhi is the incarnation of the common man, but he has adapted his policy and campaign according to the times.
When he emerged on the stage of victory with cheers from his AAP supporters and shouted Bharat Mata ki Jai, Inquilab Zindabad and Vande Mataram before saying I love you to Delhi, many remembered the sincere activist who went on a hunger strike for a project of law of Lokpal in 2011.
The following year, in 2012, he began his political party and emerged as a mascot of an alternative policy, and the politician 'aam aadmi' with his silencer casually wrapped around his neck, and sometimes his head, oversized shirts and open toe sandals .
Although his ambitions to make the AAP a national party have not been very successful, the hat of the Prime Minister of Delhi will remain, at least for the next five years.
His effort to be seen as a direct challenger to Narendra Modi He became a farmer in 2014 when he disputed the elections of Lok Sabha of Varanasi. He tried to make an electoral dent in Punjab and Goa in 2017, but that didn't work either. So Delhi is for now.
In 2013, he became prime minister, but only for 49 days, images of him sleeping in his utility Wagon R while he was in 'dharna' for a Jan Lokpal (ombudsman) wrapped in a cotton quilt against the cold nights of Winter in the first pages.
Fighting accusations of being autocratic and inflexible in his policy, Kejriwal resigned shortly after, only to wait for his time until 2015, when he achieved an impressive victory to get 67 of the 70 seats in Delhi.
Winning the silencer nickname for his love for the silencer, Kejriwal runs his party with the proverbial iron fist and has learned to moderate his aggression, people close to him say.
Despite the electoral victory for BJP in the May polls of Lok Sabha, the IIT graduate has managed to anchor a campaign that attracted all sections of the city.
At the beginning of the campaign, he announced that he will carry out a positive campaign fought on the basis of the development work of his government in the last five years.
Its main voting boards were schemes such as free bus trips for women on DTC buses, 200 free electricity units, installation of 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras and 20,000 liters of free water.
During the election campaign, Kejriwal attacked BJP on several occasions, asking who is his main ministerial candidate.
However, he was careful not to speak too clearly about the anti-CAA protests in Shaheen Bagh, the centerpiece of the BJP campaign.
The BJP leaders called him a terrorist, but Kejriwal responded by saying that voters could support the BJP if they believed him or opt for his party if they see him as a son of Delhi.
Born on August 16, 1968 in Hisar in Haryana, son of Gobind Ram Kejriwal and Gita Devi, Kejriwal is a man of simple tastes.
His family is always by his side.
Kejriwal, who lives with his parents, his wife Sunita and their two children, is often seen leaving for a quiet meal or occasional movie. Both daughter Harshita and son Pulkit are IIT products.
On Tuesday, the confessed movie fan and her loving husband told their supporters that they cheered from the victory stage that it was Sunita's birthday.
Kejriwal, a strict vegetarian who prefers homemade food, is married to Sunita, who is also an officer of the Indian Revenue Service and her lot mate. He is known to be a fiery practitioner of Vipassana, and rarely misses his yoga and meditation sessions.
The winner was part of Team Anna which also included the first IPS officer of India and now the governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi and lawyer.
He was the representative member of the civil society of the committee constituted by the government to draft the bill Jan Lokpal, after the campaign for the introduction of anti-graft legislation.
Kejriwal graduated in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur.
He joined Tata Steel in 1989 and, after working for three years, resigned in 1992 to take the exam of the Union Public Service Commission, which he authorized to become an IRS official. He also worked with the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa in Kolkata.
Kejriwal worked with people in slums through an NGO called Parivartan that he created with his confidant Manish Sisodia.
His efforts to enact the RTI Act to empower the poorest citizens of India earned him the Ramon Magsaysay Prize for Emerging Leadership in 2006.
In February 2006, after resigning as a joint commissioner in the Department of Income Tax, he became a full-time activist and started another NGO, Public Cause Research Foundation, with his prize money as a corpus fund.
Will this man with many achievements manage to escape from Delhi to extend his political reach to other parts of the country?
That is the challenge facing the AAP today.