Will expose AAP for what it is: Shazia Ilmi
Amid intense speculation about her next political move, former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi on Thursday said that she will soon expose all the wrongdoings in the Arvind Kejriwal-led party.
New Delhi: Amid intense speculation about her next political move, former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi on Thursday said that she will soon expose all the wrongdoings in the Arvind Kejriwal-led party.
Talking to reporters, Ilmi said, “I really want to expose AAP for what it is. I will do whatever I can to that effect.”
"I will be campaigning against AAP for sure," she added.
When questioned whether she intends to join BJP, Ilmi said, “I will let you know about my plans of joining BJP or not, give me some time.”
Coming down heavily on the AAP, she said, “Today many workers and supporters are completely disenchanted with the way the party has been functioning.”
The reactions from Ilmi came in view of intense speculations that the former AAP leader may soon join BJP and contest against Arvind Kejriwal from New Delhi Assembly seat.
However, a section of media also reported today that she wanted to contest Assembly polls from RK Puram seat.
Reacting to speculations on Ilmi, Kejriwal had on Wednesday said that 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.
However, hours after the press conference Kejriwal took a swipe at Ilmi by re-tweeting 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 their funding.
Ilmi, a prominent woman and minority face of the AAP, had 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 in 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Rae Bareli, but she refused. Rejecting her demand to contest from Delhi, the party finally fielded her from Ghaziabad. From there also, Ilmi 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 had also participated in Delhi BJP's Swachch Bharat Abiyaan recently, but did not join the party then. Sources in the BJP said the former AAP leader could join the party in two or three days.