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Bedi puts both her feet in her mouth

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Kiran Bedi

New Delhi: Some people are just not cut out for politics: they may be sincere, honest, upright and all that rot, but they cannot tread through what is often a political minefield during elections without tripping like Inspector Jacques Clouseau, the bumbling French detective of Pink Panther series.

Having allowed the BJP to effectively gag her during the election campaign, so that she went through the poll motions like a political mannequin perched on the shoulder of party president Amit Shah, the former IPS officer has found her voice again, albeit a little late in the day.
Only this time she used the opportunity to put both feet in her mouth. “I have not lost, the BJP has lost. I gave it my best. BJP is a national party, it should introspect on why it has lost,” said Bedi on Tuesday after the election results were out.
This is a sharp about-turn that Bedi has taken, which will bring back memories of the time she was a physical instructor in Khalsa College, Amritsar, and would perform PT exercises before the girl students. In the morning, just before the results were out, Bedi had told the media: ”If the party wins it will be a collective victory, if it loses, I will take full responsibility.” She had also said the loss could not be viewed as a reflection on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
But what took the cake was her statement that the saving grace was that the BJP had at least not taken money from her before nominating her as a chief ministerial candidate.
Off track and possibly distraught after the rout, she further indicated that she lost from Krishna Nagar as the area was in a shambles, implying that BJP leader Harsh Vardhan, who has nursed this constituency for three decades, had done little work. During the campaign, Bedi had introduced Harsh Vardhan as her political mentor who had done exemplary work in his constituency.
Given her new found penchant for criticising her own party, the only point of academic is: Will Bedi dump the BJP first or will it be vice-versa?