After a day BJP declared former police officer Kiran Bedi as its Chief Ministerial candidate of Delhi assembly poll, the Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal will file his nominations for the same today.
All the speculations came to an end after the declaration on Monday by BJP. Addressing a press conference, Party President Amit Shah announced, “Kiran Bedi will be BJP’s CM candidate…the party will fight the elections under her leadership.”
He has also said that Bedi will be contesting from Krishna Nagar. Bedi has joined in the party on January 15, ahead of the election that will be held on February 7.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal will file nomination today after a roadshow that will begin at Valmiki Mandir in Delhi. Whereas, Shah has declared that BJP is fielding former DUSU president Nupur Sharma against the AAP chief.
The election is likely to have a tight fight between the two former-social workers. A poll conducted by ABP News-Nielsen shows, while Kejriwal continues to be the most preferred CM candidate with 47 per cent people supporting him, Bedi is not too far but close to him with 44 per cent people.
On Tuesday, on his micro blogging site, inviting Bedi to a public debate, Kejriwal tweeted, “Congrats 4 being nominated as BJP’s CM candidate. I invite u 4 a public debate moderated by neutral person n telecast by all.”
However, accepting his invitation, Bedi replied sharply, “Arvind only believes in debate, I believe in delivering. Debates will happen on floor of the Assembly.”
She said that she is for good governance. Adding, she said, “My strength is delivery, my strength in innovation, my strength listening to people…this is in totality what is called good governance.”
Amid, Kejriwal has tweeted that Bedi has blocked him and asks her to kindly unblock him. He tweeted, “Kiranji, i used to follow u on twitter. Now, u have blocked me on twitter. Kindly unblock me.”
Whereas Bedi said that, “I blocked him 15 months ago when he called himself an anarchist. He was spreading negativity and his words were polluting. I had blocked some others too.”
Bedi and Kejriwal were social workers who joined in the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare during his campaign.