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Arvind Kejriwal

Indian politician

1968   -  

country of citizenship: India
educated at: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
occupation: politician, bureaucrat
award received: Ramon Magsaysay Award, CNN-News18 Indian of the Year
position held: Member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Member of a Legislative Assembly of India, Chief Minister of Delhi


Arvind Kejriwal (born 16 August 1968) is an Indian politician and a former bureaucrat who is the current and 7th Chief Minister of Delhi since February 2015. Arvind Kejriwal is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, with mechanical engineering as his majors. He worked in the Indian Revenue Service as a Joint Commissioner of the Income Tax Department in New Delhi.He previously served as Chief Minister from December 2013 to February 2014, stepping down after 49 days. He is the national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party. His party won the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections with a majority, obtaining 67 out of 70 assembly seats. In 2006, Kejriwal was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership recognising his involvement in the grassroots movement Parivartan using right to information legislation in a campaign against corruption. The same year, after resigning from the IRS, he donated his Magsaysay award money as a corpus fund to found the Public Cause Research Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO). In 2012, he launched the Aam Aadmi Party, and the party won in the 2013 Delhi Legislative Assembly election. Following the election, he took office as the Chief Minister of Delhi on 28 December 2013. He resigned 49 days later, on 14 February 2014, stating he did so because of his minority government's inability to pass his proposed anti-corruption legislation due to a lack of support from other political parties.On 14 February 2015, he was sworn in as Chief Minister for a second term after his party's victory in the Delhi Legislative Assembly election.
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