On the last day of the campaign, Kiran Bedi did a first — she began her day outside her constituency for the first time. Starting from Mangolpuri, she brought the “mother” in her to the fore: “I feel like a mother to you all. I love working for little children..I am not here for anything else, I have just come as a mother to you all.”
Spending less than 10 minutes there, she travelled to Jalebi Chowk in Sultanpur Majra, barely stepping out of her vehicle. With preparations under way at Rahul Gandhi’s rally here, where the Congress candidate Jai Kishen has been winning since 1993, many said they could not see Bedi after fighting through traffic.
“She was saying something about respect for women, I tried to fight my way through to speak to her about my widow’s pension which has been delayed for seven years. But by the time I reached the bus depot, she had moved ahead to Kirari,” said Kanta Devi from Sultanpur Majra.
In Kirari, BJP sitting MLA Anil Jha, who won in 2013, started preparing for Bedi’s arrival from 9.30 am. But he had to wait till 11 am. With security personnel lining the main Kirari road, Bedi’s vehicle could not enter the lane leading to the party office.
Bedi, who waved to supporters from an open window in her vehicle, was told by policemen to proceed to Mundka “for security reasons”.
Bedi’s last road show in Krishna Nagar was delayed. In her absence, Union minister and former MLA from the area, Harsh Vardhan, started the road show. Bedi came around 3 pm.
She jumped on to the open jeep, blowing flying kisses to everyone — even the AAP workers when her road show passed by their office. She also pulled Harsh Vardhan with her, and in a show of unity clenched his fist while flashing the victory sign.