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.