Eye on Delhi polls, BJP's Kiran Bedi cashes in on Barack Obama's India visit
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi has used US President Barack Obama's India visit as an opportunity to impress the voters during election campaign for upcoming Delhi polls.
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi has used US President Barack Obama's India visit as an opportunity to impress the voters during election campaign for upcoming Delhi polls.
While attending an election meeting in the national capital, Bedi attributed the US President's high profile visit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's diplomatic efforts.
The BJP leader said that the country is 'flying high' thanks to Obama's visit and it was all possible due to PM Modi's efforts.
Reports say that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is contemplating to file a complaint against the BJP for using Obama visit to woo the Delhiites.
Yesterday, a controversy broke out after BJP's CM candidate was seen seated in the VVIP enclosure at the front row during the Republic Day function.
Congress and AAP raised objections over Bedi being seated in the VVIP enclosure saying that it was gross misuse of power and Election Commission should look into the matter.
"It is a right of every citizen to be there, but for her to be seated in the VVIP enclosure in the front row raises serious questions.What qualifies her to be there at the front row when senior leaders of Opposition and former ministers were relegated to the third-fifth rows?" senior Congress leader Anand Sharma asked.
AAP's Atishi Marlena said that by not inviting the former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the BJP-led government has made it a "partisan Republic Day".
"After all it is the nation's Republic Day. It is not one party's Republic Day and what the BJP has done by inviting Bedi and not Kejriwal, who is a former CM, is that they have made it a partisan Republic Day," she said.
Days ago, the AAP chief had claimed the Centre had not extended him an invite to attend the Republic Day celebrations, triggering sharp reaction from his party and the Congress.
"I haven't got any invitation. If protocol says it should be sent, then they should have sent it to me. If not, then they shouldn't. There shouldn't be any politics over it," Kejriwal had told reporters.