A day ahead of counting for the Delhi Assembly polls, in which exit polls have predicted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coming in second behind Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), chief ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi today invoked ‘karma’ and said that she was not nervous about the results as that is not in her hands.
“I have given it my all. In the past 17 days, whatever time I got and was given is God’s will. For any exam, when I’ve given my best then I get a sound sleep. The result is not in my hand, but karma is,” the former IPS officer Kiran Bedi told reporters.
“Working hard and giving my best shot is part of my character. I am not going to be nervous. If I were a coward, I wouldn’t have joined IPS,” she said.
With the exit polls predicting a comfortable majority for AAP in the 70-member House, Kiran Bedi had said that whether BJP loses or wins, she will take responsibility for it – BJP has been carrying out a full-blooded campaign where it has looked to shield PM Narendra Modi in an attempt to preserve his image as a prime vote catcher.
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“I am a person who always takes responsibility. This is my habit. Not from only today. Responsibility is mine…” she had said yesterday.
Meanwhile, at a gathering organised by her to thank BJP workers on the eve of counting, Bedi averred that she was only waiting to formally become an MLA to begin work.
“I will start a ‘Swachh Krishna Nagar Mission’ as I have seen the deplorable condition here. There is also a plan to start a call centre for the constituency so that I am able to attend to all problems of the area.
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“I am just waiting to formally become an MLA to begin work,” she said at the ‘Aabhar Samaroh’ held at a banquet hall in east Delhi’s Karkadooma area where the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate also distributed copies of a booklet detailing her achievements over the years.
Replying to queries about the timing of the ceremony, Bedi said it had been planned only to express her gratitude and had nothing to do with the results.
“I was asked why this Abhaar Samaroh today. It is only for conveying my thanks, it is not linked to the result. We had to work and we worked to the best of our abilities with ‘tan, mann and dhann’. Now the result is in God’s hands,” she said.
“I am not nervous about the results. I have been a police officer and hence I know how to handle a situation. Whatever happens will happen for the good. I was a national tennis champion at the age of 20. I played matches for the country across the world and in India. This is not even a real match,” she added.
Talking about the work she would take up, Bedi said that the development of the area would not be a one-way affair and she would ensure that the citizens contributed equally to it.
“The way you expect me to bring development through my action, I would also demand that you all fulfil your duty as good citizens. I have a lot of contacts overseas who are ready to come and tie up with schools here for vocational studies and other things,” she said.
Talking about her hectic electioneering campaign ahead of the Assembly polls, Bedi said that her goal was to bring a BJP-led government in Delhi.
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“In the 17 days I got, I covered 45 constituencies, 180 wards and travelled 1,800-km all over Delhi. I travelled on tempos, trucks, jeeps, whatever vehicle I was given during my roadshows, I took all the jerks which came along with it.
“I would breathe in dust and pollution, but there was just one thought in my mind, that we have to bring a BJP-led government in Delhi,” she said.
The booklet distributed at the gathering also had tips on good parenting as Bedi maintains that she owed her career to her parents.
“This booklet will tell you how to become sincere parents. A seed doesn’t know anything and cannot choose its gardener. It is the gardener who gives the seed a shape. I am what I am because of my parents,” she said.
Along with the booklets, forms were also distributed using which Bedi intends to form a comprehensive database of party workers to aid her in her public work.
Also present at the gathering was Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, who exuded confidence that Bedi will emerge victorious tomorrow.
“The day the (BJP) parliamentary board decided to field her, I was very happy that Krishna Nagar will get such a high-profile candidate. From tomorrow, when she becomes your MLA, even my burden would be lessened about the development of this constituency, from where you people have elected me five times before,” Vardhan said.