Former BJP leader Poonam Azad, who joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Sunday, is set to rally for the party in Punjab ahead of the assembly polls and garner support of the migrant Poorvanchali electorate in Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana.
Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh announced that a position of responsibility will be worked out for Azad soon and that she is set to play a key role in drawing the Poorvanchali votebank in Punjab.
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“This is a very emotional moment for me. We were originally from a Congress family. But my husband and I gave the BJP 25 years of our lives. I am happy to be associated with the AAP today. There are so many things I want to say but might not find the right words. One always leaves a party with a heavy heart. I see a future for the youth in AAP,” Azad told reporters Sunday.
She met party supremo Arvind Kejriwal earlier in the day, who welcomed her into the party.
“I want to congratulate Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia on creating history by getting 67 out of 70 seats in the assembly. I want to be a part of this. I had to quit BJP because of Arun Jaitley; he kept denying me an opportunity to contest electoral polls. He said something in front of us and did something else behind our backs. My husband, Kirti Azad, has been fighting a battle against corruption. Now Modi ji is talking of corruption but when my husband raised his voice he was suspended. This is double standards,” Azad added.
“As for the demonetisation move, I do not agree with the BJP. It has hit women the worst… What has happened is unfair to the common man.”
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who was present at the induction, said Azad has been ‘working for issues of the aam aadmi’.