'I have never said anything': Kiran Bedi on joining BJP

Sep 20, 2012, 07:41 IST | ANI

Former police officer Kiran Bedi on Tuesday rubbished media reports that she was joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying these are all rumours.

"I have never said anything. These are all rumours. I have been answering on this for long now, but the rumours are going on spreading," she said.

Kiran Bedi had earlier this month indicated her priorities by stating that the need of the hour is to get the more corrupt out, work with the less corrupt and then think of a third force

The former IPS officer had last month said that the prime opposition party (BJP) was needed to get the system in place.

"In JLP (Jan Lokpal Bill), BJP was moving amendments for independent CBI at least, had the Bill been allowed to be passed in Rajya Sabha that night. Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Advani and Gadkari were receptive to our suggestions. Arvind and Bhushans had several meetings with them," she said.

Bedi said that BJP, at least, was not ''dismissive'' like the ruling party as they ''agreed'' to support in some ways, not in all though.

Meanwhile, Bedi said veteran social Anna Hazare would decide on the future course of the movement after a meeting scheduled to take place in New Delhi tomorrow.

"We will have a meeting in Delhi on 19th in which Annaji will decide on the direction of the movement," said Bedi.

"Annaji has never said that he will contest the elections," she added.

Asserting that it was time to fight a joint movement against corruption, Anna Hazare had yesterday rubbished reports of a rift between him and RTI crusader Arvind Kejriwal, saying this was all hype created by the media.

"There is no reality behind these reports. We have a meeting tomorrow and all these speculations are all by the media," Hazare told mediapersons at his native village Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra.

"Be it Arvind Kejriwal or anyone else who is fighting against corruption, the time has come to be united and fight this war. If we all fight against graft separately, then the same policy of divide and rule applied by the British will be used again," he added.

Kejriwal had earlier on Monday said that 76 percent of the people, who were surveyed, were in favour of Team Anna forming a political party.

"About a week back, Anna had asked us to do a survey in the public to know the public mood, whether public really wants Team Anna to form a political party or not. So, last one week, we have been doing this survey," Kejriwal told mediapersons in Uttar Pradesh''s Ghaziabad city.

"The survey was done through SMS, website, e-mail, Facebook and also door-to-door survey was carried out in some cities and villages. The results are there before me. On SMS, we received five lakh 93,648 responses. 74 percent people have said that Team Anna should form a political party," he added.

Hazare had earlier said he would never contest elections.

Denying his foray into politics, Hazare had earlier said that the people of this country would have the discretion to decide whether he should form a political party or not.

Hazare and his aides have been at loggerheads with the Congress led-United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government for the enactment of a strong Lokpal Bill. 

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