New Delhi: Amidst reports that former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi may contest against Arvind Kejriwal from New Delhi Assembly seat, the former Delhi chief minister on Wednesday said she was free to contest from anywhere she wanted in the upcoming polls.
"She is citizen of this country and is free to contest from anywhere she wants," Kejriwal told reporters here.
But hours after the press conference, Kejriwal took a swipe at Ilmi by retweeting one of her tweets, dated November 21, 2013 titled 'Hypocrisy, thy name is BJP' The tweet by Ilmi, who was in AAP at that time, criticises the BJP and the Congress over its funding.
Ilmi, a prominent woman and minority face of the party, also contested the 2013 Assembly polls from RK Puram and lost by a slender margin. The party then wanted to pit her against Congress president Sonia Gandhi, but she refused. Rejecting her demand to contest from Delhi, she was finally fielded from Ghaziabad, from where she suffered a drubbing.
Ilmi quit the party lashing out at a "coterie" surrounding Kejriwal, just days after the party faced a severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls.
The former AAP leader also participated in Delhi BJP's Swachch Bharat Abiyaan, but did not join the party.
Sources in the BJP said the former AAP leader could join the party in two or three days. The saffron party wants to field her against Kejriwal from New Delhi, but she is keen to contest from Okhla.