Kejriwal Turns 'Giant Killer' - The New Indian Express

Kejriwal Turns 'Giant Killer'

Published: 08th December 2013 04:58 PM

Last Updated: 08th December 2013 04:58 PM

Riding on an anti-corruption  plank, Arvind Kejriwal's victory in Delhi polls has rekindled  memories of George Fernandes' 1967 feat when he defeated  Congress strongman S K Patil in Mumbai in his electoral debut.        

This also reminds of the humiliating defeat of Indira  Gandhi by Raj Narain in Rae Bareli in the 1977 Lok Sabha  election.      

The then fiery trade unionist, Fernandes had earned the  nick-name of a 'giant killer' after he trounced Patil, known  as the 'uncrowned king of Bombay', from the South Bombay Lok  Sabha constituency .                

A three-time Mayor of Bombay, Patil was a Union Minister  during the time of Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and  Indira Gandhi. Though a three-time MP, the Congress veteran  was defeated by Fernandes in 1967 for the 4th Lok Sabha.        

While Patil ran a high profile campaign of "Patil for  progress, prosperity and performance", Fernandes punched back  with a Marathi slogans "Patil padlech pahijet" and "tumhe yana  padu shakta" (Patil must be defeated, and you can defeat).           

On the other hand, in Delhi three-time chief minister  Sheila Dikshit ran her campaign on development, while Kejriwal  made corruption and transparency as his plank.       

Dikshit (75)  has the distinction of being the longest-seving woman Chief  Minister in independent India.              Kejriwal (45), whose Aam Admi Party fought its first  electin, defeated Dikshit in New Delhi constituency.           

Aam Aadmi Party's Kejriwal has done virtually the  impossible by turning the polls in the national capital into a  triangular affair and relegating Congress to the third  position.         

He achieved this feat virtually within a year of its  formation in November, 2012 by raising the issues of  transparency.           

A former Income Tax official, Kejriwal came into  prominence, especially in Delhi, when Anna Hazare launched an  agitation on the Lokpal issue.     

A close associate of Hazare, Kejriwal later parted ways  with him and turned his organisation India against Corruption  into a political entity the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). 

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