Kiran Bedi staunchly denies BJP's defeat in Delhi polls, says wait for results

A day after the Assembly polls, BJP's Delhi chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi on Sunday staunchly denied that her party was facing first election defeat since storming to power last year, even though exit polls tipped Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to win Delhi elections.

Kiran Bedi staunchly denies BJP's defeat in Delhi polls, says wait for results
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New Delhi: A day after the Assembly polls, BJP's Delhi chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi on Sunday staunchly denied that her party was facing first election defeat since storming to power last year, even though exit polls tipped Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to win Delhi elections.

“A survey is just a survey, we should wait for the 10th for the final result,” Bedi told the media.

As exit polls suggested the loss of face for BJP, Kiran Bedi said that she will claim responsibility for either loss or win in Delhi. “I am a person who always takes responsibility,” Bedi reiterate, ANI reported.

To a question about the possibility of a BJP defeat, Bedi said that whatever be the poll outcome whether it is win or defeat she will take the responsibility.
Bedi had yesterday also said that she would take "full responsibility" if her party suffers a loss.

Exit polls released hours after voting ended yesterday indicated the AAP of former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had comfortably beaten BJP.

However, Bedi had said that she would wait for results to be declared on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Union minister and senior BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman today met party's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi at her residence here.

"We will talk after the results come out on 10th. We're hopeful that the results will favour us," Sitharaman told reporters after her meeting with Bedi.

Sitharamam said Bedi's statement that she would take "full responsibility" if her party suffers a loss was her individual statement. "She is the CM candidate and that statement is her own. She is being upfront about it," the Minister said, PTI reported.

The BJP's Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay also said the party will win by a comfortable majority in the Delhi Assembly election under the leadership of Kiran Bedi.

Speaking to reporters after a review meeting on the BJP's performance in yesterday's election, Upadhyay said the party will form the next government in Delhi.

"We will win by a comfortable majority under the leadership of Kiran Bedi and form the next government in Delhi," Upadhyay said.

Kiran Bedi, 65, a former top cop, joined the BJP and politics last month and within four days was named the party's presumptive chief minister of Delhi.

The annointment of Bedi as the CM candiadate was considered as a masterstroke to counter Arvind Kejriwal.

But, if exit poll results turn true, victory for Kejriwal would mark a stunning comeback for the anti-graft champion who resigned following a chaotic 49-day spell in charge of the Delhi state government a year ago.

However, observers say a defeat for BJP will be a significant setback for a Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has enjoyed an extended honeymoon with voters since his landslide General Election victory.

PM Modi needs to win state elections in coming years to gain control of both houses of the national parliament, where he is attempting to push through reforms on land acquisition, tax and other issues to revive the economy.

All seven exit polls predicted another humiliating loss for the Congress party.

After being thumped at the General Election, Congress is expected to win just two seats, according to an average of the polls.

Most political pundits had written off Kejriwal after he resigned as chief minister, in part over failed attempts to get an anti-corruption bill passed in the assembly.

Notably, Kejriwal famously declared himself an 'anarchist' during his brief tenure last year and staged several street protests outside government offices.

But after apologising for leaving voters without an elected government for a year, Kejriwal was the star of the campaign, outshining former top cop Kiran Bedi who was the BJP`s pick for chief minister.

Kejriwal`s campaign has been based around promises of lower utility bills and free Wi-Fi for Delhi`s 17 million residents, as well as pledges to counter corruption.

(With Agency inputs)

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