After Sidhu, now Kirti Azad’s wife likely to join AAP


BJP appears to have received another setback in less than 24 hours after suspended party MP, Kirti Azad’s wife reportedly decided to join Aam Aadmi Party.

A report by News 18 said that Poonam may soon join Arvind Kejriwal’s party.

Azad, who was suspended by the BJP for raising the corruption issue in DDCA targetting Union Finance Minisrer, Arun Jaitley, said, “It’s her decision. She is an independent woman and free to make her own choices. I have no right to comment on this since I am a suspended MP. Whatever she decides will be in the best interest of the nation.”

The development comes just a day after Navjot Sidhu resigned from Rajya Sabha raising speculations that he may join AAP.

PTI reported that Poonam Azad will resign “soon” and join AAP, sources close to her said.

She is currently a Delhi BJP Spokesperson and was earlier its vice president.

She has faced growing marginalisation in the party for some years after having earlier being a member of the BJP National Executive thrice.

Her decision is also driven by the suspension of Kirti Azad, who had launched a bitter attack on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over alleged corruption in DDCA during the latter’s tenure as its head and continued with his tirade despite party chief Amit Shah’s intervention.

“Both husband and wife are unsure about their future in BJP,” a source said but ruled out any similar move by Kirti Azad as it will result in his losing Lok Sabha membership.

Sidhu, the former cricketer-turned politician, who had represented Amritsar in the Lok Sabha between 2004 and 2014 as BJP MP, resigned from Rajya Sabha yesterday. Sources close to him have already indicated that the 52-year-old is likely to join the Aam Aadmi Party.