Looking to get women voters on its side, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that Delhi needs a strong administrator to ensure the safety of women and Kiran Bedi, the party’s chief ministerial candidate, fits the bill as she is a former police officer.
Speaking at an election rally in south Delhi’s RK Puram constituency, Swaraj said that Kiran Bedi has the image of a strong administrator, which is what Delhi now needs.
“Our heads hang in shame when we read news of atrocities against women. Other countries issue advisories against visiting Delhi. Bedi, who herself has been in police for so long, will leave no stone unturned in ensuring the safety of women.
“I would urge the women of Delhi to vote for BJP to ensure the safety of the sisters and daughters in the city,” she said.
Invoking her old ties with RK Puram, Swaraj said she has represented that area as an MP in the past. Even during the 2013 Assembly elections, when there was an ‘AAP wave’, RK Puram had gone with BJP.
“But there was some mistake on part of Delhiites and we fell short of four seats in forming the government. That is why during the Lok Sabha polls we set a target of 272+ and worked towards the goal… people laughed and made fun of us, asked us how we will get so many seats, I only said ‘let’s wait till the counting day’ and BJP won 282 seats,” she said.
“There has been a sequence — Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir. I would urge Delhiites to follow the trend and vote for a BJP government in Delhi as well,” she said.
Taking a dig at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal, Swaraj said she wonders how the people of Delhi elected such a Chief Minister, who had called a ‘Janta Darbar’ and later left from the back gate.