New Delhi: The Bhartiya Janata Party’s Central Election Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday and the speculations are rife that former IPS officer Kiran Bedi could be named as the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate for Delhi assembly elections. However, according to sources, a section of local leaders within the party are upset over the high command’s choice to project her as CM candidate in the Delhi elections.
Though the party is yet to name Bedi as its CM candidate in Delhi, but the former IPS officer, who joined the party only last week, is projecting herself as the frontrunner for the top post. She met BJP MPs from Delhi on Sunday evening to review the work done in their respective constituencies. She is leading the party to coin slogans for the party, a formula Prime Minister Narendra Modi used in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
“If Modi can use technology and develop Gujarat then why not us,” said the new BJP entarant. The leader may be confident enough to get party’s nod but her road to chief ministership has its own hurdles. Sources within the party say that a section of leaders are reportedly unhappy over the importance being given to her. Adding to their worry is a slew of high profile outsiders like Shazia Ilmi, Jaya Prada and the latest Vinod Kumar Binny having joined the bandwagon.
Sources also indicate that even the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological parent of BJP, has raised few objections to Bedi’s projection as the CM face.
“I cannot say about CM post for Bedi, Amit Shah will give the answer,” said Union Minister Harshvardhan who was projected as CM candidate in 2013 Delhi assembly elections.
Even after the few evident hurdles, it is clear that Bedi enjoys the support of the party top brass including party President Amit Shah as his Sunday’s speech started and ended with Bedi’s mention. “Kiran Bedi has scared Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and her energy will help us win,” said the party President.
Though the BJP has not clearly stated a chief ministerial candidate for the Delhi polls, it seems clear that the party is unlikely to follow the same pattern like Haryana and Jharkhand elections and are heavily banking on Bedi’s charisma to take on the AAP.