24 November, 2020

As The Crane Flies

The BJP has pulled her out as a trumpcard. But it could kill the game.

Jitender Gupta
As The Crane Flies

Hypocrisy, they say, is great fodder for comedy. Once Kiran Bedi had called Arvind Kejriwal an opportunist who deserted his ideals. When a news anchor queried her on similar lines recently, she left the interview midway.

People outside the capital city may wonder what the fuss is all about in what is but an election for a “glorified municipal corporation” or a quasi-state, but Kiran Bedi’s sudden induction in the BJP and projection as the party’s chief ministerial candidate has warmed up electoral temperatures in cold, cold Delhi.

Things heated up within the party itself first, with the state BJP leaders unhappy over the foisting of an ‘outsider’, though the fires were put out early enough. Two BJP MPs from Delhi did express their concerns. “She already behaves like she is the CM of Delhi in her interactions with us,” one of them told Outlook. But by the time she hit her roadshow from Krishna Nagar, the constituency where she filed her nomination papers from, the ‘minor’ rebellions had been...



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