Arvind Kejriwal challenges Kiran Bedi; BJP’s Delhi CM candidate retreats, but Congress willing

By: | Updated: January 20, 2015 4:29 PM

Kiran Bedi responded by saying that she will debate with him 'on the floor of the House'.

Arvind Kejriwal, Arvind Kejriwal news, Arvind Kejriwal Kiran Bedi, Kiran Bedi, Kiran Bedi BJP, Kiran bedi ARvind KejriwalDelhi assembly elections 2015: Terming Arvind Kejriwal’s twitter account as a “polluting” one, BJP Delhi CM candidate Kiran Bedi hit back at AAP chief.

BJP’s Chief Ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi today dodged AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal’s challenge for an open debate on crucial issues facing the city while Congress’ Ajay Maken expressed readiness for such a “healthy” exercise in the run up to the assembly polls.

Throwing the challenge to Bedi, Kejriwal said such a debate will be a “good initiative” as people will know about plans and policies of the two main parties for the city which will help them in understanding various issues.

65-year-old Bedi, who had joined BJP last week and was named its chief ministerial nominee last night, said she “accepted” the challenge but will only debate with him on the floor of Delhi Assembly and not during the campaign.

“I accept the challenge. I will do it in the Assembly and before that I am focusing on delivery rather than on debates because that’s what he’s been doing. He’s only been debating. What I am doing is delivery of goals, services, programmes,” said Bedi.

When told that Congress’ Maken has also welcomed the move, Bedi, who will contest from BJP’s traditional stronghold of Krishna Nagar in East Delhi, retorted, “While they are into drama, I am focused on work. These two have been indulging in drama. They have been doing it together also. I am focusing on work at this point.”

Check out the Arvind Kejriwal challenge on Twitter:

Earlier, Kejriwal, who had worked with Bedi as part of Anna Hazare’s Jan Lokpal movement before they parted ways, said both the leaders can debate on “concrete issues” for 1-2 hours. “It will be a good initiative for democracy if there is a debate between us on different issues. People vote in the name of religion and caste. They are not aware of the issues. The debate of around 1-2 hours should be on concrete issues,” Kejriwal said.

Responding to Kejriwal’s suggestion, Congress’ face for Delhi polls Maken said he was ready for a “structured debate” with leaders of rival political parties.

“This will be a healthy tradition. I believe a structured debate should take place in a mutually accepted TV channel or agency moderated by a mutually accepted anchor,” he said.

Check out what Ajay Maken and others have to say on Twitter:

Arvind Kejriwal, Arvind Kejriwal news, Arvind Kejriwal Kiran Bedi, Kiran Bedi, Kiran Bedi BJP, Kiran bedi ARvind KejriwalBJP leader Kiran Bedi surrounded by media person as she comes out of her house after a meeting with party’s Delhi MP’S in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore (PTI)

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