Shanti Bhushan might just have created a big stir. The biggest donor to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), often regarded as its patriarch, has openly come out in support of BJP’s Delhi CM candidate Kiran Bedi.
Shanti Bhushan might just have created a big stir. The biggest donor to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), often regarded as its patriarch, has openly come out in support of BJP’s Delhi CM candidate Kiran Bedi.”It’s a masterstroke by the BJP to pitch her as a candidate because she has been a crusader against corruption just as Kejriwal has,” said Bhushan to a newspaper.Bhushan stated that Bedi would run a very efficient and clean administration, adding that she was a firm crusader during the days of India Against Corruption (IAC) and had pro-BJP leanings even back then. He added that she was in no way inferior to Arvind Kejriwal.Bhushan even declared that the AAP should be happy if Kiran Bedi were to become CM of Delhi, because after all she was one of the crusaders in the anti-corruption movement.The octogenarian called for a ‘reorganisation’ of AAP, expressing dismay that the ‘party is not being run on lines it was expected to and what it was established for’.But this is not the first time Bhushan has created controversy with his remarks. He had questioned AAP tactics in the past as well, prompting his own son Prashant Bhushan to intervene.Interestingly, Shanti Bhushan was part of the post-Emergency Morarji Desai government from 1977 to 1979, serving as Union Law Minister.Bhushan also felt that Anna Hazare should be proud if Bedi became Delhi CM. “Anna should be very happy that one of his disciples is going to be the CM of Delhi–either Arvind Kejriwal or Kiran Bedi. This shows that the Anna movement has had a great effect on Indian politics,” he said.Journalist turned-AAP leader Ashutosh was however quick to dismiss Bhushan’s statements. “There is no comparison between Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi,” he said. “She should explain why she joined a party which she herself had described as the most corrupt party and even dissuaded people from voting for it. Arvind Kejriwal has not compromised as far as corruption is concerned. Kiran Bedi’s decision to join the BJP is an opportunistic step and puts a question mark on her participation in the Anna movement,” he was quoted as saying.But Shanti Bhushan was also careful to distance himself from the BJP. Saying he did not agree with the BJP’s communal agenda, Bhushan opined that Bedi was a ‘secular and honest person’ who would not let BJP’s ‘communal politics’ work in Delhi.