It was celebration time on Tuesday at IIT-Kharagpur from where AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had graduated in 1989.
With news trickling in that Kejriwal was inching towards a colossal victory in the Delhi Assembly polls, rallies were taken out, sweets distributed and gulal sprinkled among students and AAP supporters who gathered outside the IIT.
“We were sure that the people of Delhi would vote him back but never expected that it would be such an overwhelming majority. We will keep on supporting Kejriwal,’’ said Atal Asuthosh Agarwal, a third-year mining engineering student and a AAP member.
In the last Delhi Assembly elections Asuthosh — a resident of Badarpur in Delhi — had taken leave and actively campaigned for Somnath Bharti, the AAP candidate from the seat. “This year, I had exams and could not campaign,’’ he added.
Kejriwal, a student of mechanical engineering, had entered the IIT in 1985 and stayed at the Nehru Hall hostel for five years.
Everybody at IIT-Kharagpur — from his professors to the owner of the canteen frequented by Kejriwal — want him to complete his term this time. “Tomorrow, I will distribute sweets among students to celebrate that my ‘baccha’ is still the beloved boy of the people of Delhi.
But we would like him to remain calm despite all provocations,’’ said canteen owner Pradip Gupta.
Professor Emeritus Shankar Shome in the mechanical engineering department, who taught Kejriwal for about a year, said: “Last time, we had great expectations from him but somehow those could not be fulfilled. We believe my former students will learn from his mistakes and come out with flying colours.”