Secretariats are not run from rooftops, Bedi tells Kejriwal

Bedi had worked with Kejriwal and was part of Team Anna during the Janlokpal movement in 2011.

New Delhi | Published:January 12, 2014 1:22 am
Bedi had worked with Kejriwal and was part of Team Anna during the Janlokpal movement in 2011. (PTI File Photo) Bedi had worked with Kejriwal and was part of Team Anna during the Janlokpal movement in 2011. (PTI File Photo)

Arvind Kejriwal came in for some criticism from former Team Anna member Kiran Bedi for lack of organisation at the AAP’s first Janta Durbar in Delhi on Saturday. She said the chaos at the public meeting was a sign of Kejriwal’s “inexperience” and he needed to “listen, absorb and take considered decisions”.

She said Kejriwal had “made friends of his enemies” by opposing the BJP and allowing the “Congress to use him”.
Bedi told Newsline, “No one can claim that he has experience as an administrator. He’s a very strong activist and a very strong organiser. But during this public meeting, his inexperience showed.”

She said Kejriwal needed to realise that public meetings couldn’t be held on the streets. “Public meetings need to be conducted in offices and not on streets. He needs to give himself time. There is a difference between giving yourself deadlines and rushing,” Bedi said.

The retired IPS officer said, “The entire anti-corruption movement was against the Congress. Whether we were talking about the Coal scam, or the 2G scam, we were not against the BJP. In fact, we sought time from both Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj to help us formulate the Jan Lokpal Bill,” she said.

Bedi had worked with Kejriwal and was part of Team Anna during the Janlokpal movement in 2011. Explaining the differences that had led her to leave the movement, Bedi said the Jan Lokpal Bill agitation was “not against the BJP” and the split  was in part due to Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to “hit out at all parties”.

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  1. A
    Jan 12, 2014 at 9:37 am
    This lady is very jealous.She is thinking that her andolan mate became a chief minister in no time and she is still Zero in terms of politics.She will join with congress to support her. Kejriwal cannot commit any mistake,he cannot drink more than a cup of coffee or he cannot live in a good flat or wear a good pair cloth /shoes or what ever he do should be perfect.Dear Delhites please give Kejriwal a chance and dont tie his hands.You people have started this cleaning up and we admire you ..We will support him if they put up AAP candidates in kerala.This man has come foreward like a hiji to fight against curruption and if he fail due to the lack of support from AAM AADMI we may never see such arising and the curruption is going to be worse than before.
  2. A
    Jan 12, 2014 at 8:40 pm
    Bedi your colours are now know...You are a agent of BJP and now its clear
  3. K
    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:54 pm
    What about hidden commission (corruption) charged at Traveler's Office? Pl. reply Ms. Bediji.
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    Karan Aadarsh
    Jan 12, 2014 at 1:46 am
    Mr Kejriwal has been gettingpor support, because people think he will not follow the beaten path (pastexperience)and he is good enough to find a better and new way of governance."Chaos at the public meeting was a sign of Kejriwal’s“inexperience” and he needed to “listen, absorb and take considered decisions”. This type of advice is likely many quarters-especially the old champions-who are not in the loop
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    Keshav Gokhale
    Jan 12, 2014 at 5:33 pm
    Mrs Bedi, if AK can p IIT and IAS both, then he can of course, learn from this experience and find out a better way next time. Your advise actually not needed and was not asked for.
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    Manmadh Mittal
    Jan 12, 2014 at 6:34 pm
    So what ? What's wrong in trying to reach to the people in whatever suitable way according to the situations..One must appreciate Aravidji's innovations..Nevermind the babblings of these fake, jealous, opportunists whose true colors are out now.. The only thing left to know is what was the offer from Snooping Sahebs and the ilks.....
  7. I
    Jan 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm
    I think Kiran Bedi should have advised Shiela Dixit on how to run secretariat to prevent rapes and Manmohan Singh on how to punish corrupt politicians.
  8. V
    Vikas Sharma
    Jan 12, 2014 at 6:43 pm
    i think Mr kejriwal is making big mistake by opting "hitting out at all parties" stand . to top it all he is making bigger mistake by forming govt with congress support. BJP was the biggest party in delhi embly elections. he could have extend his support to BJP & COULD have dictate his terms anyway.But he preferred power by hook or crook. he preferred to be congress puppet. AAP is holding a big responsibility now. but they are jumping the gun..what's the point in expressing your views MR bhushan about kashmir . you are not sitting at "chai ki thadi" and making your point. you are speaking on a big platform about a serious & controversial issue .and trust me Mr bhushan are talking bull . i think ..AAP should concentrate on delhi ..make it a role model ..prove yourself in delhi ..then should come to national scene. Remember ...rome was not built in a day .
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