New Delhi: A day after Shazia Ilmi joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) she continued her tirade on her former party Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its convener Arvind Kejriwal and reiterated that she wasn't ready to contest polls.
Speaking to reporters days ahead of the Delhi Assembly polls, Ilmi said, "I don't want a ticket, I am sure party won't force me."
Talking about her disenchantment with the AAP and its leader Arvind Kejriwal, she said, "I thought of him (Arvind Kejriwal) as an elder brother, but he didn't do justice to me."
Ilmi had contested - and narrowly lost - the December 2013 assembly elections and was reportedly unhappy when she was fielded by the AAP in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh where she finished a distant fifth. Hence while being inducted into the BJP, Ilmi had made it clear that she was yet to make up her mind to contest an election.
"After being defeated in last Assembly elections and subsequently in general elections, I don't want to fight this election. However, I will follow the party's instructions, but I want my party to respect my wish," she had said.
She, instead, expressed her willingness to work for the party and for Delhi's development, and added, "It is an opportunity to serve my city and nation."
Ilmi said it was her decision to not fight the election and she hoped that the party would respect that. "However, I am ready to take up any responsibility that the party gives me," she added.
(With Agency Inputs)