Kiran declines Kejri's challenge for debate

The Bharatiya Janata Party has declined AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s challenge for a debate with Kiran Bedi while the Congres party’s ’ speculated chief ministerial candidate Ajay Maken has accepted it.

Ahead of starting his roadshow on Tuesday, Kejriwal challenged the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi and Congress’ Maken for a public debate.

“Three of us should have a debate so that people get the right choice about their chief minister,” he said.

In a message on Twitter, Kejriwal has also congratulated Bedi for being nominated as the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate. “@thekiranbedi congrats for being nominated as BJP’s CM candidate. I invite you for a public debate moderated by neutral person and telecast by all,” he said in his tweet. Bedi has blocked him on Twitter, he added.

Bedi, however, said she was ready for any debate but only inside the Delhi Assembly.

“I am ready for a debate accept but I will do it only inside the Assembly. At the moment I am focusing on delivery while he (Kejriwal) has been doing debates only all this time,” Bedi told reporters.

The BJP has called it a publicity gimmick of the Aam Aadmi Party. “It’s a popularity stunt by the Aam Aadmi Party to gain publicity. They only know to do drama and dharna. Now they want to use Kiran Bedi ji for gaining publicity,” Patra said.

“Why is he approaching Kiran ji now. She had blocked him on Twitter a year ago, he should have approached her then,” he said. But Maken agreed to the debate. 

“It’s not Kejriwal’s idea, a TV channel had invited us for a debate. I have agreed to such a debate,” said Maken, chief of the Congress campaign committee.On late Monday evening, the BJP announced Bedi as its chief ministerial for Delhi Assembly elections. 

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