Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the man in a hurry

Kejriwal had earlier anchored his campaign in an unconventional way to see it emerge as the second largest party in Delhi with 28 seats.

New Delhi | Updated: February 15, 2014 8:31 am
AAP formed the government on December 28 with outside support from Congress. AAP formed the government on December 28 with outside support from Congress.

Arvind Kejriwal, who pledged to root out corruption after steering AAP to power in Delhi, was a man in a hurry and set a scorching pace to try to fulfil his anti-graft legislative agenda but his tumultous journey as Chief Minister ended in seven weeks.

As the controversy over the Jan Lokpal Bill deepened with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung advising the Delhi Assembly Speaker against allowing its tabling and Congress and BJP opposing it, Kejriwal stuck to his word by carrying out the threat to quit if the proposed legislation did not get through even at the introduction stage.

Emerging as a mascot of an alternative brand of politics, the 45-year-old engineer-turned-civil servant changed the political discourse with a stunning showing of his fledgling Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) in the December Assembly pollsthat brought Congress’ 15-year rule to an end.

But he courted controversy within weeks by sitting on a dharna in the heart of Delhi near Parliament House during the tense face off with the Centre last month over his demand for suspending three police officers for allegedly not acting against criminals. He had also come under attack on the governance agenda.

Leading from the front, Kejriwal had earlier anchored his campaign in an unconventional way to see it emerge as the second largest party in Delhi with 28 seats. AAP formed the government on December 28 with outside support from Congress.

With interests of the common man at the core of AAP’s agenda, Kejriwal’s triumph over three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit earned him the tag of ‘giant killer’. Often called the anti-corruption man, the diminutive and bespectacled IITian and a former tax official catapulted himself leading a people’s movement to check graft and get wide support.

Formed in November 2012, AAP cemented its place in politics, tapping students, farmers, civil rights groups, NGOs, social activists, women’s groups and the urban youth to emerge as a force. Born on August 16, 1968 in Hisar in Haryana to Gobind Ram Kejriwal and Gita Devi, Kejriwal sent the entire political spectrum into a tizzy, attacking both BJP and Congress on the issues of corruption, exorbitant rise in power and water tariff, safety of women and had managed to make a dent in the vote banks of both the parties.

He came into prominence during the agitation by 75-year-old activist Anna Hazare in support of Jan Lokpal Bill in 2011. Kejriwal won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership in 2006 for his contribution to the enactment of the Right to Information Act. In 2006, after resigning from the IRS, he donated his Magsaysay award money as a corpus fund for an NGO, Public Cause Research Foundation.

Shortly after coming to power, the AAP government announced 20 kilolitres of free water to every household per month. In yet another populist measure, it decided that consumers who did not pay their electricity bills as part of AAP’s power agitation will have to shell out only half of their total dues, a move that cost the exchequer Rs six crore.

Keeping a pre-poll promise, Kejriwal had announced a 50 per cent subsidy on electricity consumption of up to 400 units. The AAP government also ordered the Comptroller and Auditor General to audit the finances of the three private power distribution companies serving Delhi.

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    Sri
    Feb 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm
    We can proceed at a snail's pace and we will remain where we are and were for the last 50 years or we can try and hurry...the people of India have areal chance to clean up Indian politics.
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      Sri
      Feb 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm
      We can proceed at a snail's pace and we will remain where we are and were for the last 50 years or we can try and hurry...the people of India have areal chance to clean up Indian politics.
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        rahul
        Feb 14, 2014 at 6:45 pm
        Everybody who are in a hurry destroys the system first and the self last.
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          rahul
          Feb 14, 2014 at 6:45 pm
          Everybody who are in a hurry destroys the system first and the self last.
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            niraj bohra
            Feb 15, 2014 at 9:25 am
            kejriwal couldnt have carried on till LS elections as he would have got exposed even more. he was looking for an excuse to quit right from day one...
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              Komal Tanwar
              Feb 15, 2014 at 7:20 am
              AAP's Cheif Arvind Kejriwal did gamble. Arvind and people know that politicians, criminals,executives and corporate bigwigs do have a nexus. But in order to change this you must be with the system. The system is a tool with which only all the wrongs can be righted must be known to him. Still he is in a hurry to become PM.
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                Komal Tanwar
                Feb 15, 2014 at 7:20 am
                AAP's Cheif Arvind Kejriwal did gamble. Arvind and people know that politicians, criminals,executives and corporate bigwigs do have a nexus. But in order to change this you must be with the system. The system is a tool with which only all the wrongs can be righted must be known to him. Still he is in a hurry to become PM.
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                  Komal Tanwar
                  Feb 15, 2014 at 7:20 am
                  AAP's Cheif Arvind Kejriwal had lost golden opportunity to serve ppl, instead of been good administrator he try to accused others. Ak is over ambitious and that will be the fall of him and his party.
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                    Komal Tanwar
                    Feb 15, 2014 at 7:20 am
                    AAP's Cheif Arvind Kejriwal had lost golden opportunity to serve ppl, instead of been good administrator he try to accused others. Ak is over ambitious and that will be the fall of him and his party.
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                      Komal Tanwar
                      Feb 15, 2014 at 7:20 am
                      AAP's Cheif Arvind Kejriwal is an anarchist, do politics as nexalite. He does not want to work within the frame work of Consution of the country. Janlokpal Bill is nothing but a political stunt. Now if Kejri is real AAM Admi he should leave C.M. house and all the belongings he got as C.M. and his all ministers must act like this. Kejriwal speaks only lie nothing but lie.
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                        Komal Tanwar
                        Feb 15, 2014 at 7:20 am
                        AAP's Cheif Arvind Kejriwal is an anarchist, do politics as nexalite. He does not want to work within the frame work of Consution of the country. Janlokpal Bill is nothing but a political stunt. Now if Kejri is real AAM Admi he should leave C.M. house and all the belongings he got as C.M. and his all ministers must act like this. Kejriwal speaks only lie nothing but lie.
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                          Komal Tanwar
                          Feb 15, 2014 at 7:20 am
                          AAP's Cheif Arvind Kejriwal is taking advantage of innocent people blind trust in him and AAP, when he is unable to deliver in DELHI how can he manage at state or country level, INDIA the politicians have realised it is easy to prepare speech and attract innocent people confidence and make fortune for generations for themselves, very soon the same people who are supporting him for his is nonsense wiil kick him out.he is the wolf in sheeps clothing.
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                            Komal Tanwar
                            Feb 15, 2014 at 7:20 am
                            AAP's Cheif Arvind Kejriwal is taking advantage of innocent people blind trust in him and AAP, when he is unable to deliver in DELHI how can he manage at state or country level, INDIA the politicians have realised it is easy to prepare speech and attract innocent people confidence and make fortune for generations for themselves, very soon the same people who are supporting him for his is nonsense wiil kick him out.he is the wolf in sheeps clothing.
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                              Komal Tanwar
                              Feb 15, 2014 at 7:21 am
                              Arvind Kejriwal Uncle nautanki jada hogae aapki... Takat ho na to power mai rehene ka tha aur badlav karna tha.... Everything is planned by bloody aap... Unko sarkar chalani nai aati thi isliye chair di jan lokpal bill ka mudda leke... Aur ab desh ke samne aayega aur ek bada natak dekho humne jan lokpal bill nai sanctuon kiya isliye chair di kyuki mai ek amm admi hu hume satta ki bhook nai hai... Dehli samabal nai pae desh kya ghanta sambalenge....bhai logo agar desh ko 5 saal tak achi sarkar chalte dekhna chahte ho to aap ko vote mat karna.
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                                Komal Tanwar
                                Feb 15, 2014 at 7:21 am
                                Arvind Kejriwal Uncle nautanki jada hogae aapki... Takat ho na to power mai rehene ka tha aur badlav karna tha.... Everything is planned by bloody aap... Unko sarkar chalani nai aati thi isliye chair di jan lokpal bill ka mudda leke... Aur ab desh ke samne aayega aur ek bada natak dekho humne jan lokpal bill nai sanctuon kiya isliye chair di kyuki mai ek amm admi hu hume satta ki bhook nai hai... Dehli samabal nai pae desh kya ghanta sambalenge....bhai logo agar desh ko 5 saal tak achi sarkar chalte dekhna chahte ho to aap ko vote mat karna.
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                                  Komal Tanwar
                                  Feb 15, 2014 at 7:21 am
                                  Arvind Kejriwal's AAP confrontationist style of politics was bound to create problems. Corruption cannot be tackled by just ping a Jan Lokpal bill. What is needed is working towards bringing about systemic changes, as Congress party and UPA government doing from past 60 years.
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                                    Komal Tanwar
                                    Feb 15, 2014 at 7:21 am
                                    Arvind Kejriwal's AAP confrontationist style of politics was bound to create problems. Corruption cannot be tackled by just ping a Jan Lokpal bill. What is needed is working towards bringing about systemic changes, as Congress party and UPA government doing from past 60 years.
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                                      Komal Tanwar
                                      Feb 15, 2014 at 7:20 am
                                      Kejriwal Sahab, it looks like you are not able to manage your CM post and resigned but just blame Congress. you have actually snatched opportunity of Congress govenment from Delhities and you plan to do the same for Loksabha.
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                                        Komal Tanwar
                                        Feb 15, 2014 at 7:20 am
                                        Kejriwal Sahab, it looks like you are not able to manage your CM post and resigned but just blame Congress. you have actually snatched opportunity of Congress govenment from Delhities and you plan to do the same for Loksabha.
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                                          Komal Tanwar
                                          Feb 15, 2014 at 7:19 am
                                          Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party band are perfect example of Narcissistic behavioral personality disorder. They believe they are the only ones who have moral ethical values and everyone else who disagrees with them is a chor, beimaan,corrupt and hand in glove with BJP. They are exhibiting giosity in their belief and behavior as regards corruption. If they are empowered by the gullible Janata in the next elections it can lead to a dangerously chaotic future for the country and it's people.
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                                            Komal Tanwar
                                            Feb 15, 2014 at 7:19 am
                                            Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party band are perfect example of Narcissistic behavioral personality disorder. They believe they are the only ones who have moral ethical values and everyone else who disagrees with them is a chor, beimaan,corrupt and hand in glove with BJP. They are exhibiting giosity in their belief and behavior as regards corruption. If they are empowered by the gullible Janata in the next elections it can lead to a dangerously chaotic future for the country and it's people.
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