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 decentralisation 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.
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