`Confident` Kiran Bedi urges Delhiites to vote, vows to work till the end

Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi on Saturday cast her vote at a polling booth here and happily posed for cameras flashing victory sign.

Last Updated: Feb 07, 2015, 14:07 PM IST

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi on Saturday cast her vote at a polling booth here and happily posed for cameras flashing victory sign.

Earlier in the day, Bedi asked people to vote for "clean, literate and safe Delhi".

Talking to reporters outside her Uday Park residence in South Delhi before casting her ballot, Bedi, India's first woman IPS officer, said it was up to Delhiites to decide what kind of government they want.

Urging the voters to exercise their franchise in large numbers in the Assembly polls, Bedi reiterated her promises, saying Delhiites will have to decide today if they seek safe, literate, and clean Delhi.

After casting her vote, Bedi stood on the car roof and posed for the cameras.

"Today is a historic day. Delhiites have to decide what kind of Delhi they want - a clean Delhi, a secure Delhi, a capable Delhi, a Delhi that respects women. Respecting women is respecting Delhi. I appeal people to come out and vote," Bedi said.

Facing a stiff competition from a resurgent AAP, BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi today said people of Delhi must seize the opportunity of electing two leaders -- herself and Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- to take the city to "new heights".

Exuding confidence, Bedi later said she is looking forward to a new Delhi and promised to work till the end. “We have to make Delhi a world-class city,”added Bedi.

Hitting out at her rival Arvind Kejriwal, 65-year-old Bedi said, "He does not even live in Delhi. He lives in Ghaziabad. I have been connected with the people here for over 40 years."

Bedi took on AAP's 49-day government in Delhi, saying the party was misleading people for electoral benefits and that a BJP government would take the city to "new heights".

Meanwhile, Shazia Ilmi, who switched sides from AAP to BJP, today accused a section of the media of favouring AAP in run-up to the polls.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also urged the voters in Delhi to vote in record numbers.

Voting for the 70-member Delhi Assembly began across the national capital at 8 am today.

Over 13.3 million voters are eligible to cast their ballot in a contest that has 673 candidates.

A total of 11,763 polling booths have been set up across Delhi.

The main battle is between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Aam Aadmi Party, while the Congress will try to retain its tally of eight seats.