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US impression to reflect in Modi-Rahul fight: Kiran Bedi

Neha Arora, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, October 25, 2013
First Published: 21:59 IST(25/10/2013) | Last Updated: 07:36 IST(26/10/2013)

Terming the upcoming parliamentary elections “historic” in India's democracy, IPS officer Kiran Bedi on Friday said it would be for the first time that a direct contest would be held between two candidates (Modi and Rahul) for the Prime Minister's post.

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“Though Modi has already been declared prime ministerial candidate by the BJP, the Congress has given an indication of Rahul Gandhi's elevation to the post,” said Bedi, who was here to address the TechNiti fest at Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology (NIT).

“The political situation has turned up on the pattern of the presidential elections in the United States where voters have to choose from two candidates contesting for the President's post,” she said, terming the situation conducive for political development of the country.

Evading a direct comment on the fate of Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi, she said: “Let us wait to see the poll results.”

She said she would never join politics as she wanted to serve the nation, which she would continue doing without joining any political party.

On increasing number of rape incidents in the country, she said it was a good sign that more and more such cases were being reported.

“People have become active after the Delhi gangrape case. They now accept the fact that they have to raise their voice against the accused and fight for justice,” Bedi said.

She asked students to have a positive attitude instead of blaming the system. “Instead of complaining about unemployment, you should work hard and achieve your goals. You should not restrict yourself to just getting a degree from good institutes. Rather, after becoming entrepreneurs, you should provide employment to other struggling students.”

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