New Delhi: Even as political pundits debate the outcome of former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Kiran Bedi's formal induction into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday, the Congress dismissed it saying the move would not have any effect on the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls.
Congress leader JP Aggarwal called it a desperate attempt by the BJP to influence Delhi voters, and added, "Whatever BJP is doing is out of desperation."
Aggarwal said the move would not have any bearing on Delhi elections. "I don’t think it (Kiran Bedi joining the BJP) will have any impact," he addded.
Ajay Maken, former union minister and Congress' campaign head for Delhi polls, raked Bedi's past to target her move to the BJP.
"Both Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi have demeaned and raised questions on the stand of ‘India against corruption’ today," Maken said.
He even extricated an old tweet of Bedi to prove that she had once targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “'One day PM Modi will need to respond about riots despite court clearing him so far' was Kiran Bedi’s tweet dated 19th March 2013," he added and said the entire turn of event was 'shocking and sad at the same time'.
The 65-year-old former top cop-turned-activist was flanked by BJP president Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as she became a member of the party by dialling the toll-free number started for the BJP's mass membership drive.
Bedi, who was earlier attached with India Against Corruption led by Anna Hazare, has been an active supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on TV debates and her joining the BJP could potentially change the capital's political landscape.