New Delhi: Former cop and social activist, Kiran Bedi who recently joined the BJP said on Monday that she had finally taken the political plunge as it was the right time to do so.
In an exclusive interview to Zee Media, Bedi said, “There is a right time for everything, one should believe in that. I believe in that,” and added, “During 2014 Lok Sabha polls, politics was not on my mind and neither was it when I was part of the Anna Hazare movement.”
On talks about being offered the top post in Delhi by the Aam Aadmi Party a year back, the BJP leader said that it used to come in the media that AAP may have wanted to project her as the CM but no one approached her directly or phoned her.
Asked to why she was given the offer by the BJP to join the party, she said, “Maybe they thought that I was ready to dedicate myself to politics.”
Bedi emphasised that it was time to do something for Delhi, “We have to link Delhi with the Central government. Enough of agitation,” and questioned, “What did we get in the past one year, election once again after one year.”
“I am from Delhi. I gave it a thought as to whether I should consider taking up the invitation. I thought what kind of Delhi I wanted and if I could give anything to the city,” she further said.
Bedi revealed that she had questioned herself as to whether she could give anything to Delhi. “I have been a social activist but I wondered if I could widen my horizon and do I have the willingness to do so. I left it on my soul and my soul told me to widen my horizon if I wanted India to develop.”
“If India has to improve then Delhi cannot be disturbed. If Delhi is disturbed then India is disturbed. Economy gets affected. Whatever happens in Delhi makes international news. The Nirbhaya case had affected tourism all over the country,” she opined.
On a philosophical note she said, “There is a time when your thinking changes.”
Bedi maintained that she wanted to make Delhi safe. “I have been doing social service for years. Thus, I thought if I could give more to the country then why not,” she said.
Regarding criticism by the Opposition that she had been imported by the BJP as it did not have a face in Delhi, she dismissed it by saying, “That is their politics.”
Asked as to why she had decided to join the BJP she said, “Since I have been watching the BJP, it is very organised, this party has saved the country today. The dedication of its workers is unparalleled and so is its moral values.”
“And its leadership is in safe and competitive hands. This is taking India towards change, it is changing India's fate,” Bedi emphasised.