Krishna Nagar in East Delhi is witnessing an all out campaign by the two main parties in the fray — the BJP and the AAP. With campaigning ending on Thursday, BJP CM face Kiran Bedi, who is contesting from Krishna Nagar, made an emotional appeal to her supporters while the AAP stormed the BJP bastion with women leaders, highlighting issues of the “aam aurat” in the area.
On Wednesday morning, Bedi wept while on the campaign trail. Later in the day, Bedi said, “I have seen the whole of Delhi, I have seen people’s hardships, the filth. My eyes welled up and I started crying. My Delhi is in the jhuggis. It is my promise — and I do not break my promises — that I will provide a decent life for those in jhuggis. They will have water, power, security, healthcare facilities and vocational training. I will visit jhuggis every day (after forming government) to ensure that these facilities are being provided.”
The AAP held a rally to celebrate “women of substance”. Apart from popular faces such as Gul Panag, Meera Sanyal, Anjali Damania, the rally was attended by women volunteers from across the country.
Wednesday’s rally saw women AAP supporters holding placards saying that they like to wear jeans. This was a dig at the statements made by some BJP leaders — that each woman should produce four children; girls should not be allowed to wear jeans or use mobile phones.
Film actor and AAP star campaigner Gul Panag led a bike rally through the area. “I will stand up for women’s equality and not feel ashamed when I get out of the house. The AAP is the only party which has taken up women’s issues,” Panag said.
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