Poonam Azad, spouse of suspended BJP parliamentarian Kirti Azad and a three-time national official executive member of the party, on Sunday joined the Aam Admi Party (AAP), capping months of speculation. Immediately after she joined the party in the nearness Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and others senior leaders, AAP said Poonam will assume a key part in upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab.
On her part, Poonam said she saw a bright future for youths in AAP and held Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley responsible for her quitting the BJP. Her husband Kirti Azad had propelled a bitter attack on Jaitley over alleged corruption in DDCA during the Minister’s tenure as its head.
Prior in the Day, Poonam met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Welcoming her to AAP, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Poonam has been a champion for aam admi’s rights and has been battling the issues of individuals. Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said Poonam will assume a critical part in the forthcoming Punjab assembly election.
“Poonam Azad will play an important in the upcoming Punjab polls and after discussions she will be given an important responsibility in the party,” Singh said.
“She has had a long career in the Bharatiya Janata Party. She has also contested for elections in the past. 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.
After joining the party, Poonam said, “I see a future, especially for the youth, in AAP. The reason why I quit BJP is because we were mistreated by Arun Jaitley. He did not give us poll tickets despite promising many times.
“Also, my husband, Kirti Azad, was suspended when he raised his voice against corruption. BJP is maintaining a dual stand,” she alleged, adding she does not support the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes as common people are suffering because of it.