Suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad’s wife Poonam Azad on Sunday join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Poonam, who was serving as a spokesperson of the Delhi BJP unit, had contested against then Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the 2003 assembly polls. She joined the ruling dispensation of Delhi in presence of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
Immediately after she joined the party in the presence Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and others senior leaders, AAP said Poonam will play a key role in upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab. On her part, Poonam said she saw a bright future for youths in AAP and held Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley responsible for her quitting the BJP.
Her husband Kirti Azad had launched a bitter attack on Jaitley over alleged corruption in DDCA during the Minister’s tenure as its head. Earlier in the Day, Poonam met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
Welcoming her to AAP, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Poonam has been a champion for aam admi’s rights and has been fighting the issues of people.
Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said Poonam will play an important role in the upcoming Punjab assembly election.
“Poonam Azad will play an important in the upcoming Punjab polls and after discussions she will be given an important responsibility in the party,” Singh said.
After joining the party, Poonam said, “I see a future, especially for the youth, in AAP. The reason why I quit BJP is because we were mistreated by Arun Jaitley. He did not give us poll tickets despite promising many times.
“Also, my husband, Kirti Azad, was suspended when he raised his voice against corruption. BJP is maintaining a dual stand,” she alleged, adding she does not support the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes as common people are suffering because of it.
According to report she was miffed with the BJP leadership for ignoring her although she had worked for the party for more than 20 years. “She was denied ticket in the last two assembly polls only because a senior BJP leader had reservations against the family. Even her son was denied ticket of MCD election,” a close aide of Poonam Azad had said. “In the fight for self respect, she finally choose AAP,” he added.
Kirti Azad, elected to the Lok Sabha from Darbhanga in Bihar, was suspended by the BJP after he spoke against corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) when it was headed by now finance minister and BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley.