Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had a historic win in the Delhi Assembly Elections 2020.
Mr Kejriwal, a mechanical engineer from IIT-Kharagpur, joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1995. He left his job as a tax official in 2001 to join the anti-corruption campaign.
After leaving government service, he campaigned to bring in India’s Right to Information Act in 2005, which earned him the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006.
Six years later, he teamed up with activist Anna Hazare to demand the anti-corruption Lokpal Bill.
In 2013, newly-formed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) made an impressive debut in the Delhi election, Arvind Kejriwal came off as the showstar by quitting after 49 days in power. “Runaway Chief Minister” was just one of the labels thrown at him.
Over the past five years, the former taxman-turned-anti-corruption crusader has learnt many lessons in politics. Kejriwal in 2015 was seen as a national alternative. Winning 67 seats out of 70 was never done before and historic.
After coming to Power, Kejriwal fulfilled most of the promises made by him and his party.
Over the years, the Delhi government increased the budget of old age and disability pensions and its proposal to increase the minimum wage also received the President’s nod.
The AAP government had launched the Higher Education and Skill Development Guarantee Scheme, under which students of Delhi could avail a loan of up to Rs 10 lakh without any collateral. It also increased spending on education and healthcare in its Budgets and regulated fees charged by private schools.
Kejriwal with his government added 20,000 classrooms to the existing government schools which is said to be equivalent to 500 schools. It also put a lot of effort in ramping up government schools to provide quality education.
AAP increased beds in Delhi hospitals to five per 1,000 and made healthcare affordable for one and all.
Kejriwal reduced electricity bills by half and got water from Munak. Delhi citizens got do not have to pay bills if their electricity consumption is below 200 units and have to pay half the price if they consume less than 400 units.
Under Kejriwal, the Delhi government increased the number of auto-rickshaw licenses and curtailed the traffic police’s impounding powers. It also provided subsidies for e-rickshaws.
Delhi is the fourth state to conduct elections after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. BJP failed to win a majority in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand. It, however, formed the government in Haryana with the help of Jannayak Janata Party.