New Delhi: BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi on Wednesday hit out at Arvind Kejriwal, saying negativity suits the Aam Aadmi Party chief.
Talking to reporters, the former IPS officer described Kejriwal as a person who wants to be in the news at any cost.
Bedi's comments came a day after Kejriwal challenged the government to arrest him if he was indeed guilty.
"Kejriwal is one such person who wants to be in news at any cost. I know him from long before and negativity also suits him much. How will he stay in news otherwise?"
"It's not surprising for me that he is saying that 'arrest me'. That's what he wants. Old habits die hard. He wants to go to jail and garner votes by misleading people," Bedi said while taking a jibe at Kejriwal.
She further warned people against getting manipulated by him.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the AAP of "shamelessness" for allegedly accepting dubious election funds.
With just a few days left for electioneering to end ahead of the February 07 Assembly polls and pollsters claiming that the Aam Aadmi Party was emerging as favourites, the Bharatiya Janata Party did not mince words in attacking its chief rival.
The fuel to the high-decibel attack against the AAP came after the AAP Volunteer Action Manch (AVAM), a breakaway group of the AAP, raised questions about the funding of the Kejriwal-led party.
The AVAM, which had on Monday alleged that the AAP received Rs 2 crore funding from shell companies, addressed a press conference here again on Tuesday. It alleged that the AAP had received donations from "fraud" companies.
However, Kejriwal, addressing a rally in Trilokpuri in east Delhi, dared the government to arrest him if he was indeed guilty of money laundering.
"I challenge the government to arrest me if they have the courage," Kejriwal thundered at the rally.
"They don't have the guts to do that," he added to loud applause.
"Even my worst critics, who may see a hundred faults in me, have never accused me of financial wrongdoing."
Kejriwal also wrote to Chief Justice of India HL Dattu and urged him to set up a special investigation team to probe funding of his party, the BJP and the Congress for the Delhi elections.
(With Agency inputs)