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Arvind Kejriwal

An IITian, an IRS officer, an RTI activist, and now the chief minister of Delhi. Arvind Kejriwal's entry into politics was much-talked-about, even as he has now been well-grounded in this field for over five years. The founder and national convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Kejriwal came into the limelight after receiving the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership in 2006. He had been recognised for empowering citizens to fight corruption and encouraging the Right to Information (RTI) movement.
 
In 2011, Kejriwal, along with activist Anna Hazare and others formed the group India Against Corruption (IAC), which protested against the government's delay in enacting the Jan Lokpal Bill (citizen's ombudsman Bill). Although the movement failed, Kejriwal's struggle won him admirers across the globe. He went on to venture into active politics by forming the AAP, which won the Delhi Assembly election for the first time in 2013. Kejriwal became the CM, but the government fell in under 50 days. Following over a year of President’s rule in the capital, the next Assembly polls in 2015 saw Kejriwal’s AAP returning to power with a landslide win in Delhi — 67 of the 70 seats. He again became the CM and has been in that position since.
 
In 2014, Kejriwal unsuccessfully contested against the BJP’s then prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, from Varanasi in UP. Kejriwal and his government have been at constant loggerheads with the Narendra Modi government and the Delhi Lieutenant-Governor, over issues revolving around public appointments, the responsibility of the UT and the Centre, etc.
 
For the coming Lok Sabha elections, Arvind Kejriwal is seen as an important leader for galvanising Opposition forces against the BJP and its allies. Also, from the 2015 Delhi election instance, Kejriwal has proved that he is capable of throwing surprises, especially when he is underestimated.
 
Despite public ire over the AAP government's constant exchange of barbs with the Centre, according to a survey conducted by ‘Neta App’, Kejriwal remains the most preferred choice of the people of Delhi. Hence, political pundits have been keeping a close watch on him.

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