Former Bharatiya Janata Party’s Delhi unit spokesperson Poonam Azad formally joined the Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday. The three-time BJP National Executive member met party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his residence on Sunday morning. She is the wife of suspended BJP leader and legislator Kirti Azad.
AAP leader Sanjay Singh had announced on November 8 that Poonam will join the party on November 13. In 2003, she had contested the Assembly polls against former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
The BJP had suspended Kirti Azad for defying its orders and publicly attacking Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on December 23, 2015. The former cricketer had alleged irregularities in the working of the Delhi and District Cricket Association during Jaitley’s tenure as its president. He had accused Jaitley of turning a blind eye to the corruption that allegedly flourished under his reign.
Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party was the first to target Jaitley regarding the alleged DDCA corruption, had tweeted, “Kirti Azad’s mistake was that he spoke up against corruption. Today, the BJP has got completely exposed.”