New Delhi, Jan 20: The BJP played a masterstroke by announcing Kiran Bedi's name as the chief ministerial candidate for the Delhi assembly elections. This put AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in a big trouble.
Kejriwal is now counting the time how to play the games against Kiran Bedi, who is lauded for her excellency in police and social services. The former IPS officer was one of the key members in the India Against Corruption movement that made him popular in Delhi.
The war will be tough for him to win as Kiran Bedi is standing against him. The BJP workers welcomed party's parliamentary board meeting decision to project Bedi as the CM face for the party in the assembly elections.
Party president also cleared the speculations about the rift within the party about his decision to project her as party's candidature.
Bedi will contest from Krishna Nagar seat in East Delhi from where Harsh Vardhan was elected in Dec 2013. Minutes after she was named as the CM candidate for the elections, she said that this was a challenge for her and she will make it.
She dismissed the allegations made by the AAP that she had joined the BJP to be the CM candidate.
Soon after the BJP parliamentary board meeting's decision was announced, Kejriwal challenged her for an open debate, congratulating her for being nominated as the BJP's CM candidate. He said that that debate should be aired by all.
Bedi also accepted his challenge but said that the debate will be on the floor of the House. "I accept his challenge. I will take him on a debate on the floor of the house. He believes in debate and I believe in delivery. I am here for good governance," she said.
Bedi seems confident enough to establish a strong, clear and stable government in the nation capital to have inclusive growth. She showed her strength hours before the party's decision by launching a road show where she was seen addressing the public and talking about good governance.