Delhi Assembly Election 2015

Kiran Bedi says RSS kept India united, Delhi stood still under Kejriwal rule

BJP chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi waves during a roadshow before filing her nomination papers for the Delhi Assembly elections, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

BJP chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi waves during a roadshow before filing her nomination papers for the Delhi Assembly elections, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena  

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Kiran Bedi, the BJP’s chief ministerial nominee for Delhi, on Wednesday described the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as “very nationalistic” that has kept India united.

“They( RSS) are very nationalistic. I would think here is an organisation, which kept India together, which has kept India neat,” Ms. Bedi said.

The former IPS officer, who was a core member of Team Anna till about two years back along with Arvind Kejriwal before they parted ways, said the AAP leader’s agitation at Rajpath within a month of becoming Chief Minister had “ticked” her off very much.

It was after Mr. Kejriwal’s protest at Rajpath that she thought of joining politics to save Delhi from “confrontational politics”, she said.

“The city of Delhi was the reason for my joining politics. Delhi has gone through a huge upheaval ever since this man’s (Kejriwal) entry (into politics). It stood still and it’s been only on an agitation mode, which left a very bad taste in the mouth of Indians.

“Because whatever happens in Delhi happens in India. It affects India, it impacts India. It’s been all about confrontation, it’s all about Rajpath dharnas. What kind of person is he (Kejriwal) who says I am an anarchist? Three days Delhi was standstill (when Kejriwal was on dharna as Chief Minister),” she said.

While she was severely critical of AAP, she was full of praise for RSS and said people do not know the “real” RSS.

“You do not know them. I have seen it all. I saw very disciplined people and being very strongly nationalistic.

Teaching discipline to youngsters,” she said.

'I am in positive politics'

Asked why she was not accepting Mr. Kejriwal’s debate challenge, as she herself two years back had asked Sonia Gandhi to go for a U.S. presidential campaign-like debate with the then-BJP president Nitin Gadkari, Ms. Bedi said she did not want to participate in a “drama”.



“That is not a challenge. It was for drama as I am in positive politics and not in bickering politics,” Ms. Bedi said.





“Politics is a vehicle for change, vehicle for reform and vehicle for governance” and that she joined BJP for a cause. “The Anna Hazare movement had come to an end. It reached its logical conclusion. We should not waste time anymore. People are waiting for development and progress. They are waiting for good governance, growth and investment. I have come for positive politics,” she said.



On whether BJP brought her to shield Prime Minister Narendra Modi from any blame in case BJP is defeated at the polls, Ms. Bedi said,” The party leadership is bringing people like me to sow seeds of new kinds of politics.”

On growing resentment among the BJP leaders over her sudden entry as chief ministerial candidate, she dismissed the issue, saying she has conveyed to all leaders that they have to “walk together” towards victory.

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