Bedi acts like CM-in-waiting

Bedi acts like CM-in-waiting

Talks about vision for city, gets warm welcome from BJP workers

Bedi acts like CM-in-waiting

Exuding the confidence of a chief minister-in-waiting, former Indian Police Service officer Kiran Bedi on Friday, shared her vision for a safe, clean and healthy Delhi.

For women security she shared a plan for reactivating the civil defence volunteers and unveiled a “Six-P” plan, amid uproarious applause from BJP workers at the Delhi unit office.

Each “P” represents a community or a social section  –  parents, politicians, police, prosecution, prison and press – which would be involved in women safety, said the 65-year-old Ramon Magsaysay Award winner and former Team Anna member.

The new Delhi government will have to create a hub for bringing all these “Six P”  players together for improving women security, she said, while another new BJP member and former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi and city MPs on the dais acknowledged her suggestion.

“The hub will be formed in the chief minister’s office, supported by the chief secretary’s office” she said, in a strong indication that her next assignment could be in the chief minister’s office.  

Fire crackers and drum beats marked Bedi’s arrival at the Delhi BJP office for her first formal interaction with workers who shouted slogans of “Kiran Bedi for CM”.

The festivities were like the ones usually seen at the party office after an election victory.

Sources said in the coming days she is tipped to head the election committee of the Delhi BJP, a post usually given to the party’s chief ministerial face.

Though the party has not yet announced the seat she may fight from, there was a buzz that she might be fielded from the Malviya Nagar seat.

During her 30-minute address to party workers, Bedi was cautious not to reveal whether she is going to be the next chief minister if the BJP wins the polls.

But her confidence and ideas about making Delhi a world class city and making bureaucrats work for people left little doubt about the direction in which she was moving.

“Together we will make Delhi a world class city. Every day we will take one step and achieve a target,” she said, repeatedly reflecting upon the vision and dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Delhi which is also called the heart of the country.
‘No quick fix’

“Don’t expect quick fix or a change from tomorrow itself. Don’t ask questions like you wanted to make the city world class but there is still garbage in some pockets? Together and gradually we will bring about change,” she said.

Bedi said the party workers need to work for a social revolution and work with sanitation workers.

“Through the clean-up campaign we will focus more on slums and usher in a healthy environment,” she said.

The former police officer said she will promote a culture of surprise visits by bureaucrats, as she herself did while she served in Delhi Police.

“When our government is formed, officials will not come to office at 9 am but go in the field. Details of their visits will be available on the internet,”  said Bedi, who was the first woman to join the Indian Police Service in 1972.

Realising the importance of women safety issues in the city in the backdrop of the Munirka gangrape case and the Uber cab rape case, Bedi was particularly focused on the issue.

She said parents in the city will be encouraged to make their girls brave and teach their boys to respect and protect girls.

Politicians will be encouraged to show respect towards women in public life and enact stringent laws and police will be asked to involve the community in policing and checking eve-teasers in colonies.

The prosecution department will fast track cases, prison officials will focus on reforming a first time offender or ensuring that an undertrial who gets bail does not indulge in any crime and media will be able to promote women safety as social responsibility, said the former police officer.