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Kiran Bedi expresses willingness to be BJP's next Delhi CM candidate

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 7:45am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

Former top cop and social activist Kiran Bedi expressed willingness to lead the BJP from the front for assembly elections. "If they ask me then I will accept it. I had refused earlier when they asked, but now I will accept it," she told reporters on Wednesday.

The former IPS officer was asked if she would become the BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate in case of fresh elections in Delhi.

The BJP had projected Harshvardhan as the party's chief ministerial candidate in the Assembly polls in December last year. Harshvardhan has won the Lok Sabha election from Chandni Chowk and there is speculation that Bedi may be considered the BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate in the next assembly polls.

The 64-year-old's name has been doing rounds for the top post for about a year now. The talk gathered steam after Harshvardhan was given the ticket from Chandni Chowk.

Bedi, who has been heaping praise on Narendra Modi in the past couple of months, on Tuesday dropped hints of joining politics. "I no more rule out entering Indian political service on capability basis. I am moving towards some flexibility in this," she had tweeted.

Since May 16 when the election results were declared, Bedi has been tweeting that the Gujarat model should should be replicated in Delhi. She has been supporting prime minister designate Narendra Modi extensively on the social media platform.

Top BJP leader Nitin Gadkrai in April had tweeted that Bedi could be their chief minister candidate for Delhi.

Bedi, who was part of core team of Anna Hazare during his agitation for a strong Lokpal legislation, has openly been hailing Modi's leadership saying he could lead the country effectively.

"The country seems to be in post-Independence euphoria once again. One of hope, joy, anticipation, anxiety, revival, ethics, merit, gratitude," she had said on Twitter.

On Monday, expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny had called upon BJP, AAP and Congress leaders to consider Bedi for the post of Delhi chief minister, saying holding fresh Assembly elections would be a wastage of public money.

— With Agency inputs

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