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Delhi elections 2015: A direct contest between Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi

Updated on February 5, 2015

Arvind Kejriwal Vs Kiran Bedi


The people, leaders, political parties and media are bracing up for the upcoming Legislative Assembly Elections of the NCT of Delhi like never before. The elections are already a high-voltage affair, but there are certain factors that have added to the aura and made it all the more intriguing. The political turmoil that the national capital has undergone during the last year or so has now entered into a climax phase.

The 2013 elections had seen the emergence of a new player in the form of Aam Aadmi Party with an altogether different agenda. Anti-corruption movement and clean politics was the mantra of the party and its chief Arvind Kejriwal, a former IRS officer. Kejriwal managed to form a government in his very first attempt and became the chief minister of Delhi. He is trying to do the same in 2015 too. But the challenges he faces and the tasks at hand now, are quite different and much tougher as compared to the ones in 2013.

Arvind Kejriwal has lost his hold on a big section of the Delhi electorate, who felt somewhat betrayed when he resigned from the post of chief minister in February last year. Since then a lot of water has gone under the bridge. AAP's biggest rival in the polls, the BJP, gained a lot of ground. The BJP has registered a landslide victory in the 2014 General Elections and has won comprehensively in various state assembly elections thereafter. This has made Kejriwal's task a daunting one.

Arvind Kejriwal, meanwhile, is holding on to the same agenda of a corruption-free Delhi. During his 49-day rule he had proved that he had a lot to offer to Delhi. A former IITian and ex IRS officer, Kejriwal still commands a huge following amongst the masses. His work as an RTI activist and a major participant in the Anna Hazare-led India Against Corruption movement is still held in high regard.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal was being seen as a clear favourite to become the CM, till Kiran Bedi came into the picture. The name, Kiran Bedi, is more familiar to the people of Delhi than Kejriwal. The former Director General of Police, Bedi is also the first woman to have joined the Indian Police Services (IPS). Her record as a top cop of Delhi is known to everyone, and the same has pushed the BJP to designate her as its chief ministerial candidate for the Delhi elections.

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Kiran Bedi is a former participant, just like Kejriwal, in the India Against Corruption movement. She parted ways with the movement when Kejriwal formed the Aam Aadmi Party in November 2012. The BJP supporters have expectations from the 'Iron Lady' of Delhi. She is often referred to as 'Crane Bedi' for an incident in the 1980s when she supported the towing away of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s car that was wrongly parked. Bedi is famous amongst the masses for her commitment towards her duty, her grit and her indefatigable spirit. This is what is expected out of her, if and when she is elected as the CM of Delhi. But she lacks political experience. Though, she has worked as a social activist and has done a lot of reformation work during her career as a police officer, but active politics is altogether a different ball game.

It is not going to be a cake walk for either Arvind Kejriwal or Kiran Bedi. Former union minister Ajay Maken is another heavyweight in the fray. He is the person the Congress has rested its hopes upon. Maken has also been designated as the head of the party's 101-member campaign committee in Delhi.


Ajay Maken has maintained a clean record as a minister and is held in high praise for that. As the Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Maken tabled the Sports Bill in 2011 to ensure transparency in the functions of various sports bodies across the country. He is the one who brought the sports administrative boards under the scanner of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Ajay Maken also enjoys great respect amongst Delhiites, just like Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi, but his prospects as a possible chief minister are marred by the current pitiable position his party, the Congress, finds itself in. The Congress had to suffer a drubbing in the 2013 elections and had to be content with only eight of the seventy assembly seats. The odds are even worse for the Congress this time around. So Maken finds himself in a precarious situation.

The elections are being seen as a direct contest between the BJP and the AAP and the same holds true for the chief ministerial candidates. The Delhi Elections are a direct face-off between Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal. Ajay Maken can just hope for a miracle. Know Delhi Assembly Election Result .


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