"She cannot be forced upon us... we will not accept her. We want a leader who is from amongst us," said a legislator from west Delhi who did not wish to be named. Interestingly, the pandemonium was caused by a tweet from fake Twitter account in Gadkari's name in April wherein Gadkari announced Bedi as the party's chief ministerial candidate who would take on Kejriwal in Delhi.
The tweet created a massive flutter before Gadkari's rebuttal. However, the speculations have not stopped since and the media has been pestering Bedi as well as BJP leaders to clarify their respective stands. Bedi, in fact, May 21 admitted that she would accept the offer for the top job. "I have spent 35-40 years of my life in Delhi and (now) want to devote my remaining life for its welfare," Bedi told a TV channel. A section of BJP's central leadership is persistently lobbying for Bedi who, they believe, is the only person who can take on Kejriwal especially if Harsh Vardhan gets the health ministry in the Narendra Modi-led union cabinet.
Meanwhile, Harsh Vardhan, who was the party's chief ministerial candidate ahead of the December poll, said the final decision would be taken by the central party leadership. "The central party leadership is aware of all the developments in Delhi and the final decision will be taken by them. It's up to them to select the right candidate for the post," he said. Winning 31 of the 70 assembly seats, the BJP emerged as the single largest party in Delhi under Harsh Vardhan but could not form a government as it failed to reach the halfway mark of 36. (IANS)