Poonam Azad, wife of suspended Bharatiya Janata Party leader and MP Kirti Azad, has joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday.
Poonam was currently the BJP’s Delhi unit spokesperson. She also had served as the unit’s vice-president and member of the BJP National Executive in the past.
Reports said the former BJP leader was facing marginalization in the party for the past few years, especially after her husband Azad started off a rift with the party.
BJP leader Poonam Azad joined AAP today!https://t.co/ar7TjM4y5E
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) November 13, 2016
“We were in touch with Poonam Azad ji. Since long she was willing to become a member of AAP. Today, after a formal discussion, she has agreed to join the party on November 13,” AAP senior leader Sanjay Singh said earlier.
” It was her great initiative to gather the people of Purvanchal with Delhi, being a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. And I feel, when she will join the AAP, our party will gain strength. And after her joining the party, the people of Purvanchal and women will join the party,” he added.
Kirti Azad, Lok Sabha MP from Darbhanga, was suspended by the BJP in 2015 for publicly targeting Union finance minister Arun Jaitley over corruption in the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA).
Earlier, commenting on her move, Kirti Azad said “I had already persuaded her once to stay back in the party. This time, if I again tried doing that, a case of exploitation of women could have been registered against me,” The Indian Express reported.
“My wife has given several years to the BJP, but there was no recognition of her work, so she has decided for herself,” he added.