The Aam Aadmi Party’s Himachal Pradesh unit suffered a significant setback after its state unit president Anup Kesari, organisational common secretary Satish Thakur and Una district chief Iqbal Singh joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi.
The three leaders joined the BJP within the presence of Union minister Anurag Thakur on the Delhi residence of BJP nationwide president JP Nadda on Friday.
“Kejriwal ji, pahadi people will not let you befool them. AAP’s Himachal president Anoop Kesari, organisation secretary Satish Thakur and Una president Iqbal Singh joined the BJP in the graceful presence of our national president Nadda. You are all welcome to the world’s largest political party,” Thakur tweeted, quickly after the induction.
“All AAP candidates forfeited their deposit in Uttar Pradesh and the same would be repeated in Himachal Pradesh,” he added.
The growth got here days after AAP nationwide convener Arvind Kejriwal held a large roadshow in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi, the house turf of chief minister Jai Ram Thakur.
Himachal is ready to go to the polls on the finish of this year, and the AAP has determined to contest all 68 seats. Delhi well being minister Satyendar Jain has been appointed because the election in cost.
Speaking to reporters after becoming a member of the BJP, Kesari stated that he was miffed over disrespect meted out to the AAP’s native management throughout the Mandi roadshow. “Except CM Kejriwal and CM Mann, no one was allowed on the vehicle. It was an insult to the local leadership. We can’t compromise on our self-respect,” he stated.
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, nevertheless, took a dig at Kesari, accusing him of going through complaints relating to “harassment and inappropriate behaviour towards women”.
“The BJP was so hurried in moving towards this opportunity that they inducted someone with a dubious record. This party worker (Kesari) is someone against whom the AAP had received a large number of complaints regarding harassment and inappropriate behaviour towards women, of which there is clear proof. The man that AAP had summoned to take action… and who was going to be removed from our party has now been embraced by the president of the BJP,” he stated.