New Delhi, Aug 27 (): Activist Kiran Bedi on Sunday seemed to have differences with erstwhile Team Anna as she skipped a protest against corruption over differences on targeting BJP, by saying it will not be appropriate to forget the support from the opposition party in some ways on Lokpal bill.
Even after Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan earlier in the morning believed that Bedi will come to Jantar Mantar to join the protest, she did not make it and said that she had already conveyed her point of view regarding the protest.
Bedi disliked targeting BJP on the coal block allocation issue by gheraoing the residence of BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and was believed to have been arguing in the group to focus on Congress as it is the ruling party.
“I had conveyed the team about my opinion that we have to focus more on the congress government than the opposition as targeting the BJP at this juncture will not be appropriate as it is already attacking the ruling party which will take the advantages out of this. This in fact firmed up their mind, said Bedi while talking to reporters.
When asked about skipping the protest, Bedi alleged she neither has anything to do with any of the political formation or she was being soft.” I was in fact practical”, she added.
The former IPS officer also termed, “if we blame everybody as corrupt, who will get us what the country needs now and in the near future,? IAC cannot achieve overnight, it obviously needs some time,” said Bedi.
Bedi while defending her position, said we indeed need the help of the major opposition party who was moving amendments for independent CBI.
“Most of the BJP top leaders including Arun Jaitely, Ms Sushma Swaraj, L K Advani, and Nitin Gadkari were quiet satisfied with our suggestions. Arvind and (Shanti and Prashant) Bhushans had several meetings with them. And they too approved to support us though not in all. What I feel is they were at least not rude as the congress government. Why should we forget all this? Bedi stressed.