New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party made a phenomenal debut in the Delhi elections in 2013. From being an anti-politician crusader, Arvind Kejriwal became a politician and the Chief Minister. Take a look at his journey.
Gatecrasher, giant killer, symbol of a new politics, the jhadoo (broom) man Kejriwal made it big in Delhi. He scripted history in a spectacular debut and then took it further. Arvind Kejriwal became Delhi’s youngest CM, leading a team with zero political experience.
The Aam Aadmi party won 28 of 70 seats in the Delhi assembly, eight short of the 36 needed to form the government. After 2 weeks of ‘will they, won’t they’, the show of hands by the Congress showed the way, giving Kejriwal his ‘Nayak’ moment.
But for the cheering crowd at the Aam Aadmi Party office, Arvind Kerjriwal was a political rockstar the day the election results came out. After all, how many times does one see a first-time contestant defeat a 3-time CM by a record 25,000 votes and get grudging respect from her own party for doing so?
Forty-five-year-old Kejriwal is an IIT Kharagpur alumnus. An Income Tax officer-turned-RTI activist-turned-political crusader has been called many things. An anarchist in a Gandhi cap who tore up inflated electricity bills during his campaign, the anti-neta man had promised a Lokpal Bill within 15 days of coming to power.
He has been seen as a man who betrayed Anna Hazare, a man with a confused agenda. But what seems to have worked in his favour is not just the anger brewing against the establishment, but also his willingness to take on the big boys with virtually no money or organisation and play the game on his own terms.
“We have shown for the first time that people can fight the politics of honesty and that even honest and nation-loving people can enter politics and can serve the nation,” Kejriwal said.
From being a politician hating activist to a CM, Arvind Kejriwal is now back to being to an ‘aam aadmi’ again after his tumultuous political journey as Chief Minister ended in just 49 days.