Why did Kiran Bedi criticise so strongly India Against Corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal’s protest in front of BJP President Nitin Gadkari’s residence? The buzz is that this is part of her effort to have herself declared BJP’s Delhi chief ministerial candidate for the 2013 Assembly election. Bedi fancies her chances because one lobby in the BJP is not averse to the idea but the opposers are the powerful Vijay Goyal and Harsh Vardhan. These are not new political ambitions, either. In the 2009 Lok Sabha election, Bedi had expressed an interest in contesting from the New Delhi constituency on a Congress ticket and Chief Minister Sheila Dixit was keen to push her name just to counter her (Dixit’s) bête noire Ajay Maken. BJP thinks Bedi is quite popular in Delhi, so the next Assembly elections may see an all-woman fight for the chief minister’s post.
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