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Shazia Ilmi, former AAP leader, joins BJP ahead of Delhi assembly elections

She said that she is not interested in contesting upcoming elections.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 16, 2015 7:16 pm
shazia ilmi, delhi elections, bjp Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhayay felicitates newly joined party leaders Kiran Bedi and Shazia Ilmi during a function at Delhi BJP office in New Delhi. (Source: PTI photo)

Former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi today officially joined the BJP in the presence of Delhi state president Satish Upadhyay ahead of the crucial state assembly elections.

Her entry into the party comes just a day after former IPS officer Kiran Bedi joined the BJP, thus strengthening the party ahead of elections.

“There is indeed a new political discourse in the country today,” said Ilmi at the press conference. “I am happy to join the BJP family and we will work together to bring change in India.”

Earlier in the day, she had met BJP president Amit Shah at his residence.

She however said that she is not interested in contesting the upcoming elections in Delhi.

Ilmi was a long-time associate of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and had contested on the AAP ticket in both the 2013 Delhi assembly elections as well as the 2014 general elections. She lost both times. Post her defeat in the parliamentary elections, she quit the AAP citing lack of inner-party democracy.

Now with her entry into the BJP, the party finds itself in a good position to take on the challenge of the AAP which it views as a major contender.

Delhi votes on February 7 and the results will be counted on February 10.

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    pk
    Jan 16, 2015 at 4:49 pm
    what about 6 ex BJP leaders joining AAP and getting tickets
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      Archana
      Jan 16, 2015 at 2:01 pm
      After Feb 10
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        Archana
        Jan 16, 2015 at 1:02 pm
        Mr Roy why are you so worried about shazia instead you should tell your leader that he can fool some of the ppl all the time and all the ppl some time but he cant fool all the ppl all the time.He ran off from responsiblity within 7 weeks dreaming about national ambitions,a political gimmick which dint pay off.
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          Atreya Sarma
          Jan 16, 2015 at 2:03 pm
          Both Kiran Bedi and Ilmi need to be congratulated. When the Modi-led BJP government has caught the imagination of the people and when the country is poised for a welcome transition, every well-meaning person needs to stand by, join and strengthen the BJP. The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP has been fast losing its goodwill because of his antics and whims, because of his fundamental ber of treating the BJP as his main rival, forgetting the Congress which had brought the country to such a p. He has readily jumped onto the bandwagon of pseudo-secularists, Leftists, self-styled liberals and anarchists & terrorists of all hues. That's why a disparate motley of strange voices are heard in favour of Arvind Kejriwal. He has been under delusion of geur that he is the supreme leader of the entire country sent from heavens, with no track record of having done any service worth its while to merit and aspire for national leadership. He is a megalomaniac agitationist with no sense of responsibility, and with no comprehensive vision for the country's development. His views are skewed and myopic.
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            Atreya Sarma
            Jan 16, 2015 at 2:47 pm
            Do you mean that once an AAP-ist, one should every be an AAP-ist? Leaders are drifting away from Arvind because of his personal self-aggit & megalomania, more sound & less light.
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