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Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, and Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley, BJP chief Amit Shah, social activist Kiran Bedi and Delhi in-charge of the party Prabhat Jha during a programme organised to welcome Bedi in BJP on Jan 15, 2015. (IANS)

Delhi Assembly Poll: Will Kiran Bedi Move Past Kejriwal?

After India’s first woman IPS officer, Kiran Bedi, joined BJP on Thursday, her entry to the party ahead of the Delhi assembly poll gives a hint that she may be played as a trump card against AAP Chief Arwind Kejriwal in the upcoming election.

Joining BJP, she said, “I wanted to sacrifice my entire life to social work. But he inspired me to join political life.” Though Bedi’s name is not declared officially by the party, chances are likely for her to contest the election.

However, though Bedi seems to be an opponent for the AAP Chief, he expressed his happiness on Bedi joining politics through his micro blogging site. Kejriwal tweeted, “I always tried to convince her that she shud join politics. I am happy she did it today.”

Amid the speculations, BJP President Amit Shah said that the chief ministerial candidate would be decided by the party’s Parliamentary Board. He added, “Every BJP worker has the ability to become chief minister. Bedi is also a BJP worker now.”

Being so confident and giving emphasis on her “experience”, 65-year-old Bedi reportedly said about her 40 years of experience and capability to do the work and get it done. Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Bedi said, “I know how to work and also how to get a work done.”

She said that she entered politics because of PM Modi’s leadership. “I am here because he has inspired me. I have been serving the nation for the last 40 years. I am thankful to the PM for this blessings and the trust he has placed on me.”

Bedi said, “I want to make Delhi the capital of this country in the real sense. Whatever experience, time and energy I have, I will devote to the nation and I am very happy the BJP has given me the opportunity to do so. My aim is to see that Delhi gets a stable, clear-headed, honest and courageous government.”

Meanwhile, the party has given no hint on which constituency she will be contesting from. However, Bedi’s talk reveals her desire to become the Chief Minister of the national capital.

In regard to Bedi’s entry into polictics as a member of BJP, Congress leader Ajay Maken termed it as “gross political opportunism.” He said, “Both Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi have demeaned and raised questions on the stand of ‘India against corruption’ today.”

Bedi and Kejriwal were members of Anna-Hazare led Janlokpal Andolan earlier, the campaign against corruption.

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