Monday, January 19, 2015

Kiran Bedi joins Bharatiya Janata Party, to contest Delhi polls

The former IPS officer and social activist may be fielded against AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi assembly election.

NEW DELHI: Former IPS officer and social activist Kiran Bedi has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and will contest the Delhi Assembly elections.

She may be fielded against AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi assembly election.

Flanked by Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Bedi, who was earlier attached with India Against Corruption led by Anna Hazare, became a member of the party by dialling the toll-free number started for the BJP's mass membership drive.

The former IPS officer said that it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who inspired her to join the BJP.

"I thank Narendra Modi for his inspiration. I am here because of his leadership," she said.

According to a BJP leader, the party is banking on Kiran Bedi to win the New Delhi seat won by Kejriwal in 2013 after defeating three-time chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

Meanwhile, some media reports are saying that actress-turned-politician Jaya Prada (who contested on a Rashtriya Lok Dal ticket in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and before that was with Samajwadi Party and also the Telugu Desam Party) and former Aam Aadmi Party leader Shazia Ilmi (who is campaigning for the BJP in Delhi) are also likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Polling in Delhi will be held on February 7 and the counting of votes will take place on February 10.

In the last Assembly polls in Delhi in 2013, the BJP had bagged 31 seats in addition to one by its ally Shiromani Akali Dal, falling short of a simple majority in the 70-member House. The Aam Aadmi Party had won in 28 seats, followed by eight of Congress.

BJP complains to EC against Kejriwal

The BJP filed a complaint with the Election Commission against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal over his allegations against its Delhi unit president Satish Upadhyay.

Upadhyay, flanked by colleagues Prabhat Jha and Vijay Goel, submitted a notice to the commission, accusing Kejrwial of defaming him.

"He is misleading people by levelling false allegations. We have presented all facts before the EC," Upadhyay said.

Kejriwal Wednesday alleged a nexus between Upadhyay and power companies in the capital.

Kejriwal Thursday insisted that he had evidence to support his claim and was ready to face defamation charges from the Bharatiya Janata Party leader.

"We have proof that the electric meters in Delhi, which run fast, have been put up by companies owned by Upadhyay," the former Delhi chief minister said.

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