In a significant development, Poonam Azad Jha, the wife of suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad Jha, who had joined Aam Aadmi Party five months ago switched over to the Congress on Tuesday.
She had served as BJP’s spokesperson for long and was also the Vice President of the Delhi unit of the party. Ms Azad had in November quit the BJP and joined AAP.
Ms Azad, who took on former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit from Gole Market in the 2003 Assembly polls, termed her joining the Congress as “homecoming.”
“My father-in-law Bhagwat Jha Azad was former Congress chief minister (of Bihar). The Congress is like home to me, it’s like mother to me,” she said. In November last year, she had quit the BJP and joined AAP.
On speculations that her husband Kirti Jha Azad may follow suit, she said: “Only the time will tell, anything can happen, just wait.”
The development assumes significance in light of this months’ crucial civic body elections in the national capital.
In December 2015, Kirti Jha Azad ,the cricketer-turned-politician was suspended by the BJP for “anti-party activities” after he complained of corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) at a time when the Union finance minister Arun Jaitley headed the body.
Kirti Jha Azad is a former Indian cricketer and politician who played in 7 Tests and 25 ODIs from 1980 to 1986.The highlight of his career was being part of the Indian team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup.
He is currently serving his third term in the Lok Sabha.He won the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections from Darbhanga,Bihar.
Welcoming her to the party, Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said that her entry will strengthen it further. He added, “And we want to assure her that we will keep on raising the issue of Poorvanchal and Mithilanchal. We hope she will become the voice of Poorvanchal and Mithilanchal in Congress.”
Two other AAP leaders, including Rajiv Mishra and Sarita Kambojia, also joined the Congress on the occasion.
Mishra represented the AAP in TV debates and had been appointed as co-incharge of the party’s Maharashtra affairs.
Kambojia was a district-level office bearer of New Delhi unit of the AAP, Maken said.