Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) thumped victory second time in a row by winning 62 seats in the 2020 Delhi Assembly elections on February 11th, 2020.
While the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) won just 8 seats, the Congress could not open an account this year as well.
Kejriwal defeated Sunil Yadav of the BJP and Romesh Sabharwal of the Congress in New Delhi constituency where he had won convincingly in 2015 and 2013. He will take oath as Chief Minister for the third consecutive term on February 16th, 2020 at Ramleela maidan.
Here are a few facts to know about Arvind Kejriwal:
- He is 7th Chief Minister of Delhi since February 2015.
- Kejriwal put an end to VIP culture by refusing to use red beacon lights and sirens on his vehicle.
- The AAP convenor beat the longest-serving chief minister of Delhi, Sheila Dixit to become the youngest chief minister of the national capital. Dixit is also the longest-serving female chief minister of any Indian state.
- He was also the Chief Minister of Delhi from December 2013 to February 2014, stepping down after 49 days of assuming power.
- Kejriwal was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership in recognition of his involvement in the grassroots level movement Parivartan.
- Kejriwal is a graduate in Mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur.
- In 1985, he took the IIT-JEE exam and scored All India Rank (AIR) of 563.
- His first job was at Tata Steel in 1989 and was posted in Jamshedpur. He resigned in 1992 to study for the Civil Services Examinations.
- Kejriwal had worked in the Indian Revenue Service as a Joint Commissioner of Income Tax in New Delhi. In February 2006, he resigned from his position as Joint Commissioner of Income Tax in New Delhi.
- In 2011, Kejriwal joined several other activists, including Anna Hazare and Kiran Bedi, to form the India Against Corruption (IAC) group.
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