Kiran Bedi
Dr. Harsh Vardhan greets new BJP member Kiran Bedi in New Delhi on 16 January, 2015.IANS

The Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentary board will meet on Monday evening to decide the names of candidates who will be contesting the 7 February polls in the 70 assembly seats of New Delhi.

According to IANS sources, the party will announce the names either by Monday evening or on Tuesday morning.

There is a possibility that newly-joined member and former Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer Kiran Bedi may lead the election campaign.

However, the party may not decide on Thursday whether or not she will be the chief ministerial candidate.

Bedi, who was officially inducted into BJP by the party president Amit Shah at the BJP headquarters in Delhi on Thursday, had expressed her wish to contest against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal. 

There were speculations that Bedi will be projected as the CM candidate. However, many BJP senior leaders and MPs have reportedly expressed their discomfort at the party's likely decision to project her as CM candidate. They are also not happy since she has been portraying herself as the party's choice for the post.

Several party members are unhappy with the attention and support the former IPS officer is getting from the BJP's top brass, including Shah who, while welcoming Bedi into the party, said she has scared the AAP and her strength will lead to the party's victory.

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