Delhi polls: ‘Surprised’ AAP fears Kiran Bedi may pack a punch

AAP sources admitted that they were worried at Bedi being projected by BJP as this would galvanise BJP cadre.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 16, 2015 12:13 pm
Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal, AAP, delhi elections, Kiran Bedi joins BJP, IAC, BJP, Delhi Assembly polls, Delhi news Kiran Bedi addresses the media after BJP President Amit Shah welcomed her into the party during a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday. (Source: PTI Photo )

AAP Leaders on Thursday said they were “surprised” at Bedi joining the BJP and also questioned her decision to re-enter politics.

Sanjay Singh, member of the party’s PAC, said, “We are surprised at Bedi’s decision to join politics. This is a change from her earlier stance . When she left the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement, she said she did not want to be part of electoral politics. Now that it has happened, we welcome her into the field, but will wait and see what happens next.”

AAP sources admitted that they were worried at Bedi being projected by the BJP as this would galvanise the BJP cadre. “If they project her as the chief ministerial candidate, then she has the stature to galvanise the BJP cadre. The fact that the AAP has Kejriwal as CM candidate, while the BJP has none had hurt the saffron party’s chances,” a senior leader said.

One leader said now that Bedi had joined the BJP, “the gloves were off”. “In politics, personal history counts. There were allegations against her during her tenure in police. We will also question her on her statements against the BJP and Modi,” he said.

Bedi, Kejriwal used Anna Hazare: Maken

Congress’s Delhi Campaign Committee Chief Ajay Maken also slammed Bedi for joining the BJP, and described it as “gross political opportunism”. Taking on Bedi as well as Kejriwal, he said the two used Anna Hazare for personal and political gains and then back-stabbed him.

Maken said Kejriwal had vowed not to enter politics during the IAC movement, but he deserted the campaign at the first exposure to power. Similarly, now Bedi, who is on record criticising Modi, has today betrayed the trust of the people associated with the IAC campaign, he said.

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