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Kiran Bedi’s Election aide Narendra Tandon joins back BJP

Kiran Bedi - BJPHours after resigning from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the political aide of the party’s chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi joined back, terming his previous decision as “emotional”. Narendra Tandon, Bedi’s election assistant, told IANS that his resignation was an “emotional decision” and after being counselled by BJP president Amit Shah he decided to join back to ensure her win.

In his resignation letter, addressed to Shah, Tandon had accused Bedi of having “dictatorial” ways and that he was “hurt” by the way Bedi was made the chief ministerial candidate. Tandon, who claimed to have been associated with the party for 30 years, said: “…The way she was giving dictation to us, had become intolerable. Her associate would insult me on everything.”

“I worked hard for 11 days, but cannot do it anymore,” his resignation letter said. But later, Tandon said he has taken back his resignation from the party and will work to make Bedi win. “I have taken my resignation back,” Tandon told. “Party president Amit Shah met me along with Dharmendra Pradhan ji (petroleum minister), they heard me out…I got emotional, and so I sent that resignation.”

Asked about the reason for becoming “emotional”, Tandon said: “Things happen while you are working.”  He added that Shah asked him to get back to election work. “I will make all efforts for Bediji to win. She is our leader,” he said.  In his resignation letter, Tandon, who has been a member of the BJP’s state executive, also alleged that the BJP workers in Delhi are interested only in “women and money” and urged Amit Shah to probe it. (IANS)

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