Viswas claimed Bedi attempted to influence AAP leaders including Kejriwal so as to ensure that alleged graft by BJP governments in the states ruled by it was not highlighted.

"During the anti-graft movement, there were few people who were of the view that BJP should not be attacked. Even after the Lokpal agitation was over, you have seen Kiran Bedi often saying that in politics lesser evil is chosen.

"Even when AAP was not even formed, Kejriwal in his first interview in 2012 had said that we talked to Bediji and she did not want any kind of attack on BJP.



"After the coal scam came to light, we held protests outside residences of then PM Manmohan Singh, Congress Chief Sonia Gandhiji and had protested outside Nitin Gadkari's house also. Bedi who was scheduled to join in protest outside Gadkari's residence did not turn up," Biswas told reporters here.

Congress leader Manish Tewari attacked both Kejriwal and Bedi and said both they were selectively targetting Congress during anti-graft movement.

"They were cherry picking and they were not prepared to talk about the alleged mining scam in Karnataka during BJP's rule. How can even AAP claim to be an anti-BJP force when there were rumours that India Against Corruption was a B-team of BJP," he said.

BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao said AAP was now "trying to make politically motivated allegations. Arvind Kejriwal needs to answer why he lobbied so hard with Digvijaya Singh to get a place in Sonia Gandhi's national advisory Council."

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