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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal at the `Delhi's Village Dialogue` held at Chhatarpur, in New Delhi on January 4, 2015. ( IANS)

Delhi Election: Kejriwal Says Bedi a ‘Scapegoat’, Verbal Fight Continues

Aam Aadmi Party Chief Ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal warned the former IPS Officer and BJP CM candidate Kiran Bedi on Wednesday, saying she is being used as a scapegoat by the party.

Addressing the gathering at Krishna Nagar, he said BJP is looking for a scapegoat for the election on February 10 and said, Bedi will be blamed once she lose the constituency. Bedi will contest from Krishna Nagar.

Meanwhile, raising a question, “Kiran Bediji, why did you enter politics? I can’t figure out why you chose to get trapped in this chakravyuh,” against Bedi, Kejriwal appeared to be sympathetic on Bedi, whom he referred as a scapegoat.

AAP Chief reportedly said, First, the BJP sent 200 MPs to canvass in Delhi. There used to be seven MPs on stage and 30 people in the audience. Then they sent ministers, who had no control over what they said. PM Modi came to Ramlila Maidan. But no crowd came. They are looking for a scapegoat for February 10. When they lose, they will say we lost because of Kiran Bedi.”

Ridiculing Bedi’s comment on power bill, Kejriwal asked Bedi to come out in the streets and find the problems of people. She has said that “people of Delhi are not worried about power bills.” He said, “Come out on the streets. You will find out what upsets the people.”

Being social workers before entering politics, Bedi and Kejriwal have worked together with Anna Hazare in his anti-corruption movement earlier.

On Tueday, Kejriwal has invited Bedi to participate in a public debate, saying, “It will be a good initiative for democracy if there is a debate between us on different issues. People vote in the name of religion and caste. They are not aware of the issues. The debate of around 1-2 hours should be on concrete issues.

However, accepting the challenge, Bedi said, “Debating with him (kejriwal) is just a tamasha and I don’t believe in it.” Commenting that AAP is into drama rather than focusing on work, she said, “I will do it in the Assembly and before that I am focusing on delivery rather than on debates because that’s what he’s been doing. He’s only been debating. What I am doing is delivery of goals, services, programmes.”


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