Shazia Ilmi likely to join Congress

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Former Aam Aadmi Party leader Shazia Ilmi, who had quit the fledgling party due to “lack of internal democracy,” is likely to join the Congress soon. Ms Ilmi, a former broadcast journalist, had contested the Lok Sabha poll from Ghaziabad, but she fared poorly and lost her deposit.

Ms Ilmi, who was angry at being denied a ticket to contest from a Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha election, had parted ways with the AAP due to lack of “internal democracy” and had pointed a finger at a “clique,” which she claimed took all the prominent decisions in the party without consulting others.

Sources said that she is in touch with the top Congress party leaders and may contest the Delhi Assembly polls on a Congress ticket. Her family’s Congress connection has been strong. However, her brother-in-law Arif Mohammad Khan, a former Congress minister, is now a member of the BSP.

Ms Ilmi, who was a prominent face of the AAP since its inception, is willing to join the Congress party. “The final decision will be taken by the Congress party high-command,” the sources said. However, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, led by MLA Arvinder Singh Lovely, refused to comment on the issue.

The party national executive had at a meeting passed a unanimous resolution appealing to her to come back. Last month, many reports indicated that Ms Ilmi, the former member of AAP national executive, was likely to rejoin the party.

AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal had expressed strong desire to get her back to the party and efforts were being made in the direction. She had also held talks with the AAP’s top leadership after she had returned from her foreign visit, which she took after she had quit the party.

However, Ms Ilmi is reportedly upset over the AAP’s decision to sideline her once again and elevate MLA Bandana Kumari as the leader in charge of its women’s wing.The talks with AAP seem to have failed and now Ms Ilmi has approached the Congress.

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