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Debutant Bagga humbles Kiran Bedi by 2,277 votes

Debutant Bagga humbles Kiran Bedi by 2,277 votes
Since 1993, Union minister Harsh Vardhan has been winning the Krishna Nagar seat, which is considered to be a BJP-RSS bastion in successive elections. In every poll, he maintained a good winning margin and in 2013 Assembly elections, he had clinched the Krishna Nagar seat by a whopping margin of 43,000 votes. In the 2015 Assembly polls, BJP replaced its 2013 Chief Ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan with former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, who was parachuted just ahead of the polls, which apparently did not go down well with the rank and file of the party.

The saffron outfit hoped that the traditional votes of Vardhan, who continues to enjoy good rapport in Krishna Nagar, will be transferred to Bedi but in vain. Unfortunately for the BJP, the pro-AAP wave in the national Capital dented the “Modi wave” on which the saffron outfit was again attempting to ride on after its successful stints in Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir.

Bedi was humbled by 61-year-old AAP candidate SK Bagga from Krishna Nagar, who debuted in the Assembly poll. “Its clearly a win for aam aadmi (common man). Launching Bedi as a parachute candidate for the BJP was a big mistake. She was an outsider for this constituency and the residents did not accepted her,” he said. He further added: “I am going to work for the common man for the next five years. I have to make Krishna Nagar a model constituency in Delhi.”

Meanwhile, addressing media persons, Bedi said: “I got all the respect and confidence of the top BJP leaders, including Prime Minster Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah as well as the party workers. But I ask for their forgiveness as I have failed to carry out that confidence and responsibility.”

Commenting on her defeat and virtual annihilation of the BJP from the Delhi Assembly under her leadership, a visibly upset Bedi said: “I had never faced such a situation in my life as a police officer. This is the first time.” Denying that the election results were a referendum on the Modi government, she said: “The PM was not the Chief Ministerial candidate”.

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