The uncertain election battle in New Delhi gained more fire on Thursday when former Aam Aadmi Party leader Shazia Ilmi appears to be embarking on BJP’s popularity wave as she was said to be joining the party. With this development, there are strong chances that Ilmi may be pitted against AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal from New Delhi Constituency.
Sources said that two former allies will be seen waging war against in each other, if this development takes shape. Ilmi 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 announced the polls 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.