Kiran Bedi wants to thank Shanti Bhushan for praising her

A day after she was praised by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) founder-member Shanti Bhushan, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi on Friday sought time from the imminent lawyer to meet him.

Last Updated: Jan 23, 2015, 12:16 PM IST
Kiran Bedi wants to thank Shanti Bhushan for praising her

New Delhi: A day after she was praised by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) founder-member Shanti Bhushan, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi on Friday sought time from the imminent lawyer to meet him.

While campaigning in the Krishna Nagar constituency today, Bedi said that she has sent a message to Bhushan requesting him to give her time for a personal meeting.

However, the AAP founder-member has rejected Bedi's claims, saying that no such request has been made by the BJP leader.

Bhushan, who was associated with Bedi during Anna Hazare's Lokpal movement, maintained that the BJP leader hasn't sent him any SMS, adding, ''why should I meet her.”

Bhushan on Thursday created a flutter by praising Bedi and calling BJP's move to field her as a "masterstroke" while claiming "everything is not right" in AAP.

Bhushan, a senior Supreme Court lawyer said: "Kiran Bedi's joining BJP is a masterstroke of BJP. I feel to bring her into the party and making her the CM nominee was a masterstroke because Bedi in Anna's movement was with (Arvind) Kejriwal and Prashant (Bhushan) and her contribution there was influential as a crusader of corruption."

Bhushan also called for a "reorientation" within AAP saying all was not well in the party and it was not being run following its founding principles.

"Reorientation within AAP is very much needed. Their stress must be on reforming political system, improving political standards. I think everything is not right in the party and it is not being run on lines it was expected to run or what it was established for," he said.

This is not the first time Bhushan has been critical of AAP as he has raised questions on Kejriwal's organisational abilities and internal democracy in the party in the past as well.