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Former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi likely to join BJP, may contest against Arvind Kejriwal

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Arvind Kejriwal will work for people as a caretaker: Shazia Ilmi
Arvind Kejriwal will work for people as a caretaker: Shazia Ilmi

New Delhi: Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Shazia Ilmi will on Thursday join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), reports said on Wednesday.Ilmi is likely to contest Delhi Assembly Elections against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal from New Delhi constituency, reports added.

If the reports are true, it will be interesting to watch the erstwhile allies taking on each other in the highly-pitched battle for Delhi.

Imli had resigned from AAP last year, saying there was lack of democracy within the party.

“There is lack of inner party democracy within the Aam Aadmi Party. The party which talks about `Swaraj` has failed to apply it within the party,” Ilmi had said.

Imli had unsuccessfully contested the 2013 Delhi polls. The ex-AAP leader had lost the RK Puram seat to Anil Sharma of the BJP by a slender margin of 326 votes.

Ilmi also lost the General Elections from Ghaziabad constituency. She contested against former Army chief General VK Singh and even lost her security deposit.

Election Commission on Monday sounded the poll bigul in Delhi. Voting for Delhi Assembly Elections 2015 would be held in a single phase on February 7 with the counting of votes scheduled for February 10.

In the 2013 Delhi elections, BJP bagged 31 seats, AAP 28 and Congress 8 in the 70-member Assembly.

The total electorate of Delhi is 1.3 crore and the total number of polling stations are 11763. Model Code of Conduct has come into force from today.

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