New Delhi, Nov 14: As Delhi assembly elections are slated to be held early next year, the former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Shazia Ilmi on Nov 14, Friday said that she won't contest the elections from any political party.
In an exclusive interview with the FirstPost, Ilmi, who unsuccessfully contested against the former army chief and BJP candidate Gen V K Singh from Ghaziabad, revealed why she left AAP.
She was quoted as saying, "I gradually discovered that I was nowhere in the decision-making process, despite being a member of National Executive. I was systematically removed from the post of national spokesperson and gradually I started feeling cornered."
On the speculations that she may join Congress or BJP, Ilmi said, "It'll take little more time for me to join a new party, but positively I'll do. I'll join a party only if I get opportunity to bring some positive change, unlike AAP."
She also said that there was no way that she would be returning to AAP. [AAP has too little time for Delhi polls, feels Shazia Ilmi]
Instead she said that "she didn't get any financial support from the party that was highly disappointing".
She also blamed AAP for not letting her to contest from RK Puram seat during Lok Sabha Elections.
While lashing out at AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, Ilmi said, "Arvind always criticised the ‘high command' system in other political parties, but he let it thrive within the party. He lacks magnanimity and virtually didn't allow anyone to evolve in the second line leadership."
On Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said, "The PM has exhibited a strong leadership and discipline, which is the need of the hour. Though he's said to be from the RSS background, his invocation of Mahatma Gandhi is something new to me."[Shazia Ilmi turns up at Delhi BJP's "Swachh Bharat" event]