Kiran Bedi Joins BJP, Followed by Former AAP Leaders Shazia Ilmi and Vinod Kumar Binny

Updated: January 19, 2015 00:19 IST

The high profile entry of former IPS officer Kiran Bedi into the BJP has sparked speculation that she might be named the party's Chief Ministerial candiate. Other notable faces to have joined the BJP with the elections around the corner are former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi and Vinod Kumar Binny.

Kiran Bedi Joins BJP, Followed by Former AAP Leaders Shazia Ilmi and Vinod Kumar Binny
With the Delhi Assembly elections around the corner, the BJP saw a high profile entrant - former IPS officer Kiran Bedi - who joined the party after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 15.
Kiran Bedi Joins BJP, Followed by Former AAP Leaders Shazia Ilmi and Vinod Kumar Binny
Ms Bedi's entry into the party is being seen as a coup for party president Amit Shah.
Kiran Bedi Joins BJP, Followed by Former AAP Leaders Shazia Ilmi and Vinod Kumar Binny
Ms Bedi's decision to join the BJP came under attack from her former comrade-at-arms, AAP's Arvind Kejriwal, who retweeted her old posts on Twitter, in which he questioned then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Kiran Bedi Joins BJP, Followed by Former AAP Leaders Shazia Ilmi and Vinod Kumar Binny
The fanfare surrounding Ms Bedi's entry into the party has given rise to speculation that she could be projected as the BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate, over a number of party seniors.
Kiran Bedi Joins BJP, Followed by Former AAP Leaders Shazia Ilmi and Vinod Kumar Binny
Sources have said Ms Bedi is moving into the office previously occupied by the BJP's previous Chief Ministerial candidate and present Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.
Kiran Bedi Joins BJP, Followed by Former AAP Leaders Shazia Ilmi and Vinod Kumar Binny
Ms Bedi's entry into the BJP has however upset anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, who sources have said has not been taken her calls as she had not cnsulted him earlier.
Kiran Bedi Joins BJP, Followed by Former AAP Leaders Shazia Ilmi and Vinod Kumar Binny
A day after Ms Bedi, former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi too joined the BJP.
Kiran Bedi Joins BJP, Followed by Former AAP Leaders Shazia Ilmi and Vinod Kumar Binny
Ms Ilmi, a journalist, however said she did not have any intentions of fighting the elections.
Kiran Bedi Joins BJP, Followed by Former AAP Leaders Shazia Ilmi and Vinod Kumar Binny
Another notable former AAP member to join the BJP was Vinod Kumar Binny, who had won on an AAP ticket from Laxmi Nagar in the previous election.

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