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It’s Kejriwal vs Bedi

Addressing a news conference after the party’s central election committee meet, BJP president Amit Shah said, “BJP’s parliamentary board has decided that BJP will contest Delhi elections under the leadership of Kiran Bedi. She will also be the party’s CM candidate.”

“Kiran Bedi will contest from the Krishna Nagar seat in Delhi,” Amit Shah announced here.

Amit Shah played down reports that there was dissent in the party following Bedi’s induction. Shah said that there was no discord among the party members and that it was mere media conjecture.
Kiran Bedi was inducted into the saffron party on January 16 amid strong indication that it could project the country’s first woman IPS officer as its CM candidate.

That the former top cop is better placed than the old-timers came through clearly in Amit Shah’s
effusive praise for Bedi.

Shah, while inducting Bedi into the party, had said, “Kiran Bedi’s constructive contribution will play an important role in ensuring that BJP lives up to the expectation of the people in the election and in any future government.”

Bedi, who has 40 years of experience as a civil servant, says that she will use her vast experience entirely for Delhi. “I thank the party for reposing faith in me and promise to do my best for the people of Delhi.” Bedi said after the announcement.

A decision to go to polls with Bedi as its spearhead marks the reversal of BJP’s stand under PM Modi and Shah not to project a CM candidate in states where it is not in power. It is a reflection of the poor bench strength in the party as well as the acknowledgement that Harsh Vardhan, the party’s choice in the last polls, may not prove a worthy adversary to Kejriwal.

Political analysts feel that Bedi’s elevation is a clear admission by the BJP that the Modi factor alone may not do the trick in Delhi.
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