"There is severe opposition to her in the party. A majority of the leaders and workers don't want her to be the candidate for the post of CM," a source said.

The leaders have reportedly complained to Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Delhi chief Harsh Vardhan and senior leader Nitin Gadkari against the move to prop up Bedi as the chief ministerial candidate.

The party cadre is miffed with her (Bedi) for several reasons, including her refusal to fight assembly and Lok Sabha elections on BJP's ticket and her anti-BJP stand during the Jan Lokpal movement in 2011."

Bedi along with activist Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal, who later went on to form the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), had on numerous occasions, lambasted both the Congress and the BJP for not wanting to pass the bill.

"She cannot be forced upon us... we will not accept her. We want a leader who is from amongst us," said a legislator from west Delhi who did not wish to be named.

Interestingly, the pandemonium was caused by a tweet from fake Twitter account in Gadkari's name last month wherein Gadkari announced Bedi as the party's chief ministerial candidate who would take on Kejriwal in Delhi.

The tweet created a massive flutter before Gadkari's rebuttal. However, the speculations have not stopped since and the media has been pestering Bedi as well as BJP leaders to clarify their respective stands.


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