Getting set for next year’s Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party has sent its veteran leader, Prof V K Malhotra, to hold fort from New Delhi constituency. Malhotra had been the party candidate from South Delhi constituency for decades.
The other trump card, party insiders say, is Kiran Bedi: the BJP is trying to woo the celebrity IPS officer to fight the polls from West Delhi.
The party today also appointed former minister of state in NDA government, Vijay Goel, as its national general secretary. Tightening its grip on Delhi, it announced city leader Anita Arya as the national vice-president. Arya had lost to Congress’s Krishna Tirath in the last Lok Sabha polls.
Sources said the party leadership has already approached Bedi, who is “not averse to the idea” of joining BJP. “She is likely to be fielded from the Punjabi-dominated West Delhi,” a Delhi BJP leader, who did not want to be named, said.
A section of the party, though, is of the opinion that Bedi should contest from Punjab.
Bedi, however, denied involvement with any political party.