Will contest against Arvind Kejriwal, if party wants: BJP leader Kiran Bedi
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kiran Bedi, who joined the party on Thursday, today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership inspired her to join politics and she would work for a better future for Delhi.
New Delhi: Newly appointed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Kiran Bedi on Friday said she was ready to contest against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi Assembly polls, if her party wants.
She rebutted AAP's criticism over changing her stand on not joining politics, saying she was free to make her own choices and her "aversion" was gone due to Modi's leadership.
"The constituency selection is always a decision of party. I will go by their decision. If they want me to fight against him, I will do so. Because they know better than I do. They haven't brought me to lose, they have brought me to win," the former IPS officer said when asked whether she is likely to be pitted against Kejriwal in the upcoming polls.
Earlier, speaking exclusively to Zee Media, Bedi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership inspired her to join politics and she would work for a better future for Delhi.
Bedi said: “I joined BJP as it's the only party which can work for the country's betterment and has the resources to work for development, provide employment, infrastructure and justice for everybody.”
Bedi maintained that whatever wrong has been committed in the past needs to be corrected, adding that she believes in working for a better future.
Bedi, India's first woman IPS officer, lamented she is well aware of how an administration works.
“I have 40 years of administrative experience. That's what I will give to Delhi,” she said, adding that she has been running NGOs for the downtrodden for the last 26 years, which gives her a first-hand knowledge of the condition of the poor.
While appealing the Delhiites to vote for the BJP, Bedi maintained that the electorate has to decide whether it wants a strong, clear-headed, stable and experienced government. She said the BJP has all the resources to provide such governance and has a visionary leadership.
On the issue of chief ministership, Bedi said the BJP parliamentary body will take a decision on the matter.
However, she kept mum when asked about whether Anna Hazare would campaign for her in Delhi polls.
Bedi maintained that she would not get affected by criticism and if someone is out with a good idea she wouldn't hesitate to implement it.
Meanwhile, reports today indicated that the final decision on a bigger role for Bedi in Delhi polls is likely to be taken at the BJP Parliamentary Board meet on January 19.
The 65-year-old former IPS officer was inducted into the party on Thursday in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Arun Jaitley, triggering speculation that she may be in the race for chief ministership if BJP wins the polls.
Bedi was highly critical of Kejriwal, especially when he staged a dharna outside the Rail Bhavan during his 49-day-long government.
She had been hailing Modi and supporting BJP through her Twitter posts since the start of campaign for Lok Sabha polls last year.