Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi today stoked a controversy by putting her party’s scarf around the statue of freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai in Krishna Nagar before filing her nomination, which drew sharp criticism from AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal.

Before filing her nomination, Bedi paid tribute to Lala Lajpat Rai and also cleaned his statue in Krishna Nagar and put a saffron coloured BJP scarf (patka) having the party symbol around it. However, she removed it from the statue a few minutes later.

The former IPS officer also met tea and newspaper sellers in Krishna Nagar before taking out her roadshow and inquired about the kind of issues they were facing 

Reacting to the incident, Kejriwal said that she should not "saffronise" the freedom fighters.

"At least spare the freedom fighters. At least do not saffronize the freedom fighters. A freedom fighter does not belong to any party, they belong to the country. We should not divide them into BJP or Congress or any other party," Kejriwal told reporters here.

Bedi will contest assembly elections from Krishna Nagar constituency, which is a BJP’s stronghold.

Delhi will go to Assembly poll on February 7 while counting of votes will be held on February 10.