New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s hat-trick in Delhi got decided on February 8 when Delhiites came out to vote. On February 11, it was announced which also coincided with his wife Sunita Kejriwal’s birthday. But this is not the first eventful February in Kejriwal’s life. Valentine’s day has played a significant role in Kejriwal’s political career.
In 2014, Kejriwal resigned on February 14. Again on February 14, he was sworn in for the second term.
The last 8 years have seen the evolution of Kejriwal from a bureaucrat to an anti-corruption crusader and, finally, a battle-hardened politician who has annihilated the Congress and is giving the BJP a run for its money in Delhi.
The former bureaucrat emerged as a household name during the ‘anti-corruption movement’ led by Anna Hazare. Kejriwal, however, gave a shock, not only to the people of Delhi but the entire country, when he parted ways with Anna and formed a political party, the Aam Aadmi Party, in 2012.
The Aam Aadmi Party emerged as a credible alternative to the Congress which was facing allegations of corruption on various counts. Kejriwal contested against the incumbent chief minister Sheila Dikshit in 2013 assembly elections and defeated her from New Delhi constituency by a huge margin.
Kejriwal assumed power in December 2013. His swearing-in ceremony was a dramatic one, at Delhi’s Ramlila ground, that witnessed thousands of people gathering and singing patriotic songs. This was the first time in the history of Delhi that a chief minister was sworn-in at a public venue amidst common people instead of in the formal settings of Lieutenant General’s residence.
(With IANS Inputs)