Poonam Azad, wife of Kirti Azad, joins AAP

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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 13, 2016 5:54 pm
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Poonam Azad, wife of suspended BJP MP, Kirti Azad, on Sunday joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Poonam had contested on a BJP ticket against former Congress CM Sheila Dikshit in the 2003 Delhi assembly polls. Sources close to her claimed she had put up a tough fight, but was later ignored by the party, especially after Azad starting flagging corruption cases against BJP leaders.

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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.

Earlier, talking to The Indian Express, Kirti Azad said “I had already persuaded her once to stay back in the party. This time, if I again tried doing that, a case of exploitation of women could have been registered against me.”

He added, “My wife has given several years to the BJP, but there was no recognition of her work, so she has decided for herself.”

“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 said.

“In the fight for self respect, she finally choose the 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.

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First Published on: November 13, 2016 4:12 pm
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    Chander Pal
    Nov 13, 2016 at 12:10 pm
    Kirti wants much bigger shoes than his stature. Going in the direction and foot steps of shotgun and Sidhu. Good luck
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      Vishwas Tiwari
      Nov 13, 2016 at 3:14 pm
      hi
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        arvind
        Nov 13, 2016 at 12:04 pm
        Vow! Husband in BJP, wife in AAP! The heirs of the fromer CM of Bihar. Now, can they explain, that if BJP is corrupt, then why Mr is there and if AAP is corrupt then why Mrs is there?
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          ashwani
          Nov 13, 2016 at 11:56 am
          Isse kehte hain, Na ghar ka Na Ghaat Ka. AAP itself is shelterless. It cannot provide shelter to an body. Useless to join such party. She has lost boundig with such a large party. What a loss ?
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            Ashish
            Nov 13, 2016 at 4:14 pm
            Welcomes riddance. When will Kirti follow ? Better he leaves before the year ends.
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              Dev Verma
              Nov 13, 2016 at 12:18 pm
              Another choooooooot to aap.
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                Praveen Chopra
                Nov 13, 2016 at 10:27 pm
                We need more persons like Poonam Azad to join AAP. AAP needs young, honest and capable of good governance leaders.
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                  Gopal
                  Nov 13, 2016 at 12:23 pm
                  Is this a news worthy development? Why is media so interested in promoting politicians by giving us daily news on their personal lives and decisions?
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                    jahirulislam
                    Nov 14, 2016 at 7:01 am
                    She has taken very good step all de best
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                      Jayananda Rao
                      Nov 13, 2016 at 12:14 pm
                      These people are without principles and philosophy. Personal egos of 2 people is the reason behind the drama
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                        rama
                        Nov 13, 2016 at 4:21 pm
                        all touts and lafoots are welcome to AAPki *****
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                          seshadri
                          Nov 13, 2016 at 4:22 pm
                          Unfortunate and unwarranted. OK it is her personal desire. Wish her good luck.
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                            MURTHY
                            Nov 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm
                            any how it is going tobe a dummy party now in punjub elections all the ARVIND KUJLIWALA
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                              Kumar
                              Nov 13, 2016 at 12:13 pm
                              be careful she will bring bjp ideology to aap.
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                                kris kumar
                                Nov 13, 2016 at 2:21 pm
                                Another one fooled by Khujriwal. This lady called Poonam will regret joining AAPxxrd. She would have been better of staying as Independent than joining this corrupt, hypocrite, cunning and anarchist party. Foul mouth Kirti pla the price by stepping outside the norm of party line. Poonam will never win election by joining drama party which has no moral. AAP will never come to power again and people of Delhi have learnt a bitter lesson.
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                                  L bhadrapati Devi
                                  Nov 13, 2016 at 11:32 am
                                  Good to be taken as refugee in Goonda party. BJP never encourage family dominated politics.
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                                    K L
                                    Nov 13, 2016 at 5:34 pm
                                    Madam,lt;br/gt;How come you have joined MR Cazywal party ?
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                                      nautankibaaj
                                      Nov 13, 2016 at 4:21 pm
                                      She has realised that there are a lot of voters from Bihar in N Delhi now, and sees a chance to become an MLA if this party run by the stupid bunch of jokers survives till next elections.
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                                        Anil Nirodi
                                        Nov 13, 2016 at 11:44 am
                                        Wonder if any one asked Azad or his wife why the latter joined the great AAP Party? Certainly no need for Kirti to explain the reason as no one cares.
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                                          Anil Nirodi
                                          Nov 13, 2016 at 11:42 am
                                          Wonder if any one asked Azad or his wife why the latter joined the great AAP Party? Certainly not need for fro Kirti to explain the reason as no one cares.
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                                            NANDAN
                                            Nov 13, 2016 at 3:28 pm
                                            Condolences in advance.
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