NEW DELHI: Poonam Azad, wife of suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad and a party leader, joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday and blamed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for her quitting the party.
Poonam, a three-time BJP national executive member, joined the party in presence of Delhi deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who said she will be given important responsibility in the Punjab elections. She also met Chief Minister and party chief Arvind Kejriwal at his residence. Kirti Azad, an MP from Darbhanga in Bihar, was suspended from the BJP party he attacked Jaitley over alleged irregularities in the DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) during the latter’s tenure as its head.
Poonam, who contested against former chief minister Sheila Dikshit in 2003, said she is looking forward to work with the AAP. “We have been mistreated by Arun Jaitley and my decision to quit the party was because of him. My husband is also suffering and has been suspended for raising his voice against corruption,” said Poonam.
Sisodia said Poonam will be given a key responsibility in Punjab and other states after discussions with her. He praised her work for the betterment of people and said she will continue to offer her services in the AAP.