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Kejriwal timeline: Civil servant to Street-fighter to CM

india Updated: Feb 14, 2014 20:22 IST
Paramita Ghosh
Arvind Kejrial

1989-92: Graduates in mechanical engineering from IIT Kharagpur; employed at Tata Steel, Jamshedpur till 1992; spends time working with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata

1995-6: Joins the Indian Revenue Service; Works as joint commissioner, income-tax department, resigns in Feb 2006

1999: Establishes NGO Parivartan, a Delhi based citizens’ group that wants to ensure a just and accountable governance

2000-2005: Becomes part of the core group that launched a movement for Right to Information. The Act gets passed in 2005

2006: Wins Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership

2006-09: Sets up the Public Cause Research Foundation funded by the Magsaysay Award money

2011-12: Joins Anna Hazare to mobilise the masses to demand the creation of a Lokpal; in November 2012 Team Anna splits with Kejriwal taking the stand of direct politics to change the system

2012 – Kejriwal launches the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on November 26. 2013 – Defeats Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in her constituency in the 2013 Delhi assembly polls. Takes office as Chief Minister of Delhi on 28 December; five days since his swearing-in, he announced free water, a 50 per cent cut in electricity tariffs, the audit and, new shelters for the homeless within 48 hours

-- Threatens to resign if he is not able to get Jan Lokpal Bill passed by the state Assembly; meets Anna Hazare for the first time on Feb 10 after he became Delhi Chief Minister; orders FIR against Mukesh Ambani, Oil minister Veerappa Moily.

Feb 14, 2014 - CM Kejriwal resigns after Aam Aadmi Party fails to table Jan Lokpal Bill in the Parliament. His government lasts 49 days.