Published On: Thu, Jan 15th, 2015

Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi joins BJP to face in Delhi polls

New Delhi: Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, on Thursday, joined the BJP and is going to be the face of the party in the crucial Delhi elections next month.

National BJP President Amit Shah presents a bouquet to former IPS officer Kiran Bedi to welcome her into the party during a press conference in New Delhi.Photo : PTI

National BJP President Amit Shah presents a bouquet to former IPS officer Kiran Bedi to welcome her into the party during a press conference in New Delhi.
Photo : PTI

Party chief Amit Shah confirmed that she will contest the assembly elections from Delhi next month.

The 65-year old Team Anna member drove up to the BJP headquarters in Delhi with Shah this evening and shared stage with him and other top leaders like Arun Jaitley and Dr Harshvardhan as she was formally inducted into the party.

Shah welcomed Bedi to the party and said her joining would strengthen the Delhi unit of the BJP.

He did not comment when asked whether she would be fielded in next month’s election against Aam Aadmi Party president Arvind Kejriwal or whether she would be the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, saying that was a decision for the party’s parliamentary board to take.

Bedi, who said she has joined the BJP “due to the PM’s inspirational leadership.”

Bedi vowed to work for the development of the national capital and make it the envy of the world via the experience she had gained while being part of the nation’s police force.

“I have administrative experience of 40 years with the Delhi Police, in Mizoram, Goa, Chandigarh and in the Tihar Jail. And today, I have come to give that experience that I gained back to the city. Delhi today needs a strong, stable, corrupt-free and clear-headed government. The national capital dreams of becoming the number one capital in the world,” Bedi said at a press conference here.

“None of the work that I did was done alone. I worked with the community, with the common man, with the youth and with women. ‘Dilli ko dil banaenge’. Whatever experience, time and energy I have, I will devote to the nation and I am very happy that the BJP has given me the opportunity to do so,” she added.

Congratulating Bedi for joining the BJP, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “We hope that the party will benefit from Kiran Bedi joining it.”

After Bedi was formally inducted in the BJP today, Aam Aadmi Party leader Kejriwal tweeted, “I have been fond of Kiran Bedi ji. I always tried to convince her that she shud (sic) join politics. I am happy she did it today.”

TST

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