GN Bureau | January 16, 2015
In an interesting development in less than a month’s time before Delhi assembly polls, two former associates of Arvind Kejriwal have joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The BJP on the other hand has got the faces for upcoming polls in Delhi.
While former IPS officer and anti-corruption activist Kiran Bedi joined the party on Thursday, former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Shazia Ilmi joined the BJP a day after.
Party chief Amit Shah said Bedi will contest Delhi polls.
Bedi is slated to give a tough fight to AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal, whom she supported earlier during anti-corruption movement in team Anna.
Earlier, there were speculations that BJP would project her as CM candidate in Delhi, much before she joined the party.
Delhi will go to polls on February 7.
Here is how the twitterati responded:
I have been fond of Kiran Bedi ji. I always tried to convince her that she shud join politics. I am happy she did it today.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 15, 2015
U Turn Ms Kiran Bedi? Or genuine change of heart? My best wishes to you. May God be with you! pic.twitter.com/VuboIgNLu2— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) January 15, 2015
Ex-Army Chief,Ex-Top Cop,Ex-Olympian roped in by BJP. Meanwhile,Congress can't decide if Rahul should be called Vice President or President— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) January 15, 2015
Happy to share that the Class of Anna is now all, officially, placed.— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) January 16, 2015
Just wondering? Kiran Bediji also did dharnas! So is she a Naxalite or not? Can bhakts please clarify???— Mayank Gandhi (AAP) (@mayankgandhi04) January 15, 2015
BJP: Kiran Bedi is joining us. She worked for many years in Tihar Jail. Congress: Meh! So did many of our people.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) January 15, 2015
U-Turn is a genetic disorder in the BJP. Both Smriti Irani and Kiran Bedi publicly asserted the role of Narendra Modi in Gujarat riots.— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) January 16, 2015
Shazia Ilmi is behaving like a 3rd year engineering student. Switching between GRE,GMAT and Job without knowing where exactly does she fit.— Overrated Sala (@bhak_sala) January 14, 2015
If Kejriwal had been in #KiranBedi's shoes,he would have convened a press conference claiming to have proof that PM's car was parked wrongly— IndiaSpeaks (@IndiaSpeaksPR) January 16, 2015
Note to famous people joining politics - before joining check your Twitter/FB archive & delete all posts critical of party you are joining.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) January 15, 2015
Should CBSE prepone the board exams?