Morning of hope melts into despair for Kiran Bedihttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/morning-of-hope-melts-into-despair-for-bedi/

Morning of hope melts into despair for Kiran Bedi

Bedi lost to S K Bagga of the AAP by 2,277 votes from a constituency that was till Tuesday a BJP stronghold.

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Kiran Bedi on Tuesday in New Delhi.

Thirteen-year-old Gururup Sahib, took the day off from school on Tuesday, hoping his father would take him to meet “CM ma’am” Kiran Bedi. With a bouquet of white and orange marigold flowers, they left their Faridabad residence at 5.30 in the morning for 56, Uday Park. But a few hours later, it was clear that “CM ma’am” would no longer make it. The bouquet was all that remained outside Bedi’s Uday Park residence.

Bedi lost to S K Bagga of the AAP by 2,277 votes from a constituency that was till Tuesday a BJP stronghold.

At 6 am, Bedi was spotted at her balcony performing a puja. She appeared at ease as she addressed mediapersons. “Why are you all here? I will leave for my constituency office only at 9 am.”

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Bedi appeared next after 10.30 am, this time, the strain on her face showing. “I will comment only after the last round of counting. Election is like a tennis match. One wins and the other loses,” she said.

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As hours clocked away further, Bimla Devi, a class IV employee with the South Municipal Corporation, began cleaning the road outside Bedi’s house with a broom. It seemed almost symbolic, because by then, it was clear that the AAP had swept Delhi.

The mood among the BJP workers was just as sombre as they huddled together, watching the results in deathly silence. When the silence broke, there were whispers about whether Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay would resign after the poll debacle.

“We have lost. What’s there to see now. Did we put up the screens to see Kejriwal winning?” a worker said.

Upadhyay himself sat in his office alone, responding to uncomfortable questions that came his way. No leader or spokesperson of the party went to support him.