Shazia Ilmi denies contesting against Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi polls
Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Shazia Ilmi will join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and is likely to contest Delhi Assembly elections against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal from New Delhi constituency, reports said on Wednesday.
New Delhi: Former Aam Aadmi Party leader Shazia Ilmi took to Twitter on Wednesday to dispel speculations about her contesting upcoming Delhi Assembly polls against AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.
Ilmi took to Twitter today to clear the air about her contesting Assembly polls and said that she is “not contesting from New Delhi or elsewhere.”
She further said that she was invited to speak at National Defence College and hence could not take any calls from media.
Was invited to speak at the National Defence College .Cdnt take media calls. Im not contesting from New Delhi or elsewhere Calm down folks
— shazia ilmi (@shaziailmi) January 14, 2015
According to reports earlier, Ilmi is expected to join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday and is likely to contest Delhi Assembly Elections against Kejriwal from New Delhi constituency.
Ilmi had resigned from AAP last year, saying there was lack of democracy within the party.
"There is lack of inner party democracy within the Aam Aadmi Party. The party which talks about `Swaraj` has failed to apply it within the party," Ilmi had said.
Ilmi had unsuccessfully contested the 2013 Delhi polls. The ex-AAP leader had lost the RK Puram seat to Anil Sharma of the BJP by a slender margin of 326 votes.
Ilmi also lost the General Elections from Ghaziabad constituency. She contested against former Army chief General VK Singh and even lost her security deposit.
Election Commission on Monday sounded the poll bigul in Delhi. Voting for Delhi Assembly Elections 2015 would be held in a single phase on February 7 with the counting of votes scheduled for February 10.
In the 2013 Delhi elections, BJP bagged 31 seats, AAP 28 and Congress 8 in the 70-member Assembly.
The total electorate of Delhi is 1.3 crore and the total number of polling stations are 11763. Model Code of Conduct has come into force from today.