Arvind Kejriwal 51: From muffler, coughing to ink, has the Delhi chief minister overcome the hurdles that made him a subject of numerous memes?
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has turned 51 today (August 16). His journey from a common man to chief minister is an interesting one. All these years, Kejriwal has managed to face his critics fairly well.
On his birthday, let us rewind the time and see some important events in the Delhi chief minister's life.
Kejriwal formed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and looked much different from other politicians who wore neatly ironed white kurtas and delivered fierce speeches.
Kejriwal literally looked like a common man but with a muffler. He always wore the muffler that even covered his head. This became a signature look and whenever he stepped out in the open, people expected to see him in the muffler.
Another feature is coughing. He kept on coughing constantly and even attended nature therapy courses. Thus coughing and muffler became two of the important features of Kejriwal that led to numerous memes.
But the two-time chief minister bore it all. Though he became the chief minister for the first time only for 49 days, he came back with a thumping majority by winning 67 out of 70 Assembly seats to become the chief minister for the second time. The winner of Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership, Kejriwal is still fighting it out with the Lt Governor in various political issues.
Though he has inked many projects including odd and even rule to reduce pollution in Delhi, some people threw ink on his face in public, in protest of his way of working.
It looks like Kejriwal has incorporated everything and has grown beyond coughing, muffler, and ink as he turns 51 today.
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