New Delhi: Newly inducted Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) leader Shazia Ilmi on Wednesday criticised Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal and called him an opportunist.
Ilmi, a former Team Anna member and ex-colleague of Kejriwal, said, “A man who used Swaraj and Janlokpal bill, used Anna Hazare’s name, gave up everything he stood for, isn’t he an opportunist.”
Taking strong objection to AAP's charge against BJP CM candidate, Ilmi said, “If Kiran ji was inclined towards BJP, why did AAP offer her CM post for 2013 Delhi Assembly polls?”
Ilmi ridiculed AAP's accusation that Bedi had soft approach towards the BJP during the Lokpal movement.
Earlier in the day, BJP chief ministerial candidate Bedi said, “If I was soft for BJP then why did Arvind Kejriwal ask me to join AAP and become the CM candidate for 2013 Delhi Assembly polls.”
Bedi refused to comment further saying that commenting on others' comments would leave her with no time to work.
AAP leader Kumar Vishwas has accused Bedi of trying to influence Team Anna against targeting BJP during the Lokpal movement on alleged graft while the party held her “soft stance towards BJP” for parting of ways with Arvind Kejriwal.
Kumar Vishwas claimed Bedi attempted to influence AAP leaders including Kejriwal so as to ensure that alleged graft by BJP governments in the states ruled by it was not highlighted.
“After the coal scam came to light, we held protests outside residences of then PM Manmohan Singh, Congress Chief Sonia Gandhiji and had protested outside Nitin Gadkari’s house also. Bedi, who was scheduled to join in protest outside Gadkari’s residence, did not turn up,” Biswas said.
The BJP's chief ministerial nominee sent a legal notice to AAP chief for using her photograph in his party's poster campaign without her permission.
The AAP has recently put up posters on numerous auto-rickshaws plying in the national capital, asking the people of Delhi to choose between Kejriwal and Bedi for the post of chief minister.
Meanwhile, Bedi's projection of US President Barack Obama's visit during her election campaign has drawn sharp reaction from Congress and AAP.
Campaigning in her Krishna Nagar constituency, Bedi had lauded Centre's diplomatic efforts to bolster India's image internationally and talked about Obama's three-day visit.