BJP chief Amit Shah presents a bouquet to Kiran Bedi to welcome her into the party during a press conference in New Delhi.
NEW DELHI (TIP): Not unexpectedly, former Team Anna member Kiran Bedi on Thursday, January 15, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and laid bare her chief ministerial aspirations before party president Amit Shah as she marked her “40 years of experience in administration” and ability to “extract work” from people.
Apart from Bedi, other well known women leaders, too, may join the BJP. Former Samajwadi Party MP and actor Jaya Prada and former Aam Aadmi Party leader Shazia Ilmi are in talks to join the BJP.
Bedi was the first woman IPS officer. She joined the service in 1972. She made a high-profile entry into the BJP in the presence of Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during a press conference at the party’s Ashok Road headquarters.
While the BJP was reluctant to disclose the seat identified for launching Bedi in the polls, the social activist used her introductory statement to pitch herself as an experienced administrator.
“I have 40 years of administrative experience, now I am here to present my experience to Delhi,” she told the gathering.
“I can work and know how to get work done from others. Together we will work and extract work from others as well.”
The former top cop had met Prime Minister Narendra?Modi along with Shah before becoming a BJP member.
She said she was inspired by Modi’s leadership qualities which prompted her to take a plunge into politics.
The anti-corruption crusader stressed she was on a “mission mode” and would work towards a steady, stable and corruption-free government.
Shah praised Bedi, saying that she would strengthen the BJP’s Delhi unit and offer “constructive contribution” in elections and government formation.