Retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi said she was now ready to become the chief ministerial nominee in Delhi, if the BJP made such an offer to her. Bedi, a former member of the Anna Hazare-led Jan Lokpal Andolan, had turned down the possibility prior to the Delhi Assembly elections last December. Bedi was a visible face of the Jan Lokpal campaign, which had a strong anti-political colour, standing shoulder to shoulder with AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal.
Having drifted apart from Kejriwal after his split with Hazare, Bedi had maintained she was “neutral”. But on Wednesday she said “her previous aversion to politics was now decreasing considerably”.
Speculation on whether Bedi was the BJP’s face for Delhi chief ministership arose when she tweeted, “I no more rule out entering Indian political service on capability basis. I am moving towards some flexibility in this”.
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In response to whether she would consider being Chief Minister, if the BJP were to make an offer, Bedi told ANI, “If they ask me, then will accept it… had refused earlier when they asked, but now will accept.”
Speaking to CNN IBN, Bedi said, “I won’t join the Congress. I will, in time, join the BJP because I want to see Lutyens’ Delhi connected with the rest of India and serve in the Delhi Assembly. In September, I had begun tweeting and had said when Modi speaks, others should go to school. I knew this was a leader who looked to the future.”
Despite Bedi’s posturing, BJP’s CM candidate in the Assembly polls Harsh Vardhan said, “It is a non-issue. There are no such talks in the party,” he said.