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The 'rise and rise' of Mufflerman

By Ujwal Jalali
New Delhi, Feb 11 (UNI) Riding on the promise of development for people of Delhi, including low cost electricity, free water, Mohalla clinics providing affordable healthcare and doorstep delivery of services, Bureaucrat-turned-whistleblower-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday again rose to power for the third consecutive term in the national capital.
Faced with a shrill campaign by the BJP, which focused on the anti-CAA protests in Shaheen Bagh and other parts of Delhi over past one month, Kejriwal won the battle of ballots with AAP having a clear lead in 63 seats in the 70-member Delhi assembly, displaying his firm hold on the pulse of people of Delhi.
Barely nine months after the AAP faced a debacle in the General elections, losing all seven Lok Sabha seats to the BJP, Kejriwal got an emphatic mandate from the people of Delhi, with nearly 54 per cent of the vote share in Delhi going to his party, as against 38 per cent to the BJP.
The landslide win in Delhi showed that Kejriwal has come a long way from his days as an anti-corruption crusader who made a spectacular entry in politics with his plank of fight against corruption, dislodging the 15 year old Congress regime in Delhi led by the then chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party contested Assembly elections is 2013 and won 28 seats in the 70-member assembly. He formed the government with outside support of Congress but the government lasted for only 49 days.
Though his first term in Delhi was short-lived, he returned to power in the subsequent assembly polls in Delhi with an overwhelming majority of 67 seats in the 70-member assembly in the 2015 assembly polls, with his opponent BJP reduced to just three seats and the Congress drawing a blank.
Since 2015, Kejriwal seems to have firmly established a foothold in the Delhi politics with his people oriented policies and his work to provide affordable healthcare facilities to the residents of the city. This, coupled with his development schemes like the concessional electricity tariff, free water , doorstep delivery of services, , setting up CCTV cameras and free WiFi hot spots in Delhi, has established for him a place in the heart of the people.
With several developmental works done in the past five years and a promise to further accelerate the pace of development and focus on social sectors like education and health, the Kejriwal-led government entered the 2020's political pitch.
With this victory, Arvind Kejriwal has become the first leader to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led campaign twice since 2014.
A former Indian Revenue Services officer and a firm opponent of corruption, Kejriwal had spearheaded India Against Corruption movement led by social activist Anna Hazare in 2011.
Born in an educated middle-class family on August 16, 1968, in Bhiwani district of Haryana, Mr Kejriwal has done B Tech in Mechanical Engineering from one of India's premier educational institutions, Indian Institute of Tech Kharagpur. After graduating from IIT in 1989, he joined Tata Steel in Jamshedpur. Three years later, Kejriwal qualified the civil services examination and joined the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) as an Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax.
While still in service, Kejriwal, side by side found a movement named 'Parivartan' which addressed local issues like electricity and income tax. He was later awarded the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for working at the grassroots level for this movement, through which he used the Right to Information legislation in his campaign against corruption. He resigned from his job as an IRS officer and fully contributed his life towards social work.
Later, he joined Anna Hazare and Kiran Bedi in India Against Corruption movement whose sole goal was the enactment of Jan Lokpal Bill. As the movement lost its momentum due to the difference in opinion between Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal, the latter entered politics with an aim to clean the political system of corruption, with his new party. He even chose 'broom' as the party's election symbol, signifying a common man's tool to clean sweep an area.
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