AAP leader and Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia downplayed the exits, saying that the party had received complaints that Mr Kesari made derogatory remarks against women and he was to be expelled anyway.
Mr Kesari joined the BJP in the presence of the party’s national president J P Nadda and Union Minister Anurag Thakur. In his remarks later, he accused Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal of insulting party workers during a roadshow in Mandi on Wednesday.
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“We have been working round the clock with utmost honesty and dedication for AAP for the past eight years in Himachal Pradesh. However, Arvind Kejriwal overlooked the state party workers when he came for a rally and roadshow in Mandi,” Kesari said.
“We are very much disappointed with him. He would not even look at us, who work day and night for the party. Only Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann were the highlights of the roadshow in Mandi,” he added.
AAP’s general secretary (organisation) Satish Thakur and Una district unit chief Iqbal Singh joined the BJP with Kesari.
“We felt insulted and ignored during the roadshow on April 6. So, we decided to join BJP to work under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and serve the people of Himachal Pradesh,” Thakur said. Singh said, “They ignored and insulted us. Hence, we joined BJP.”
Union Minister Anurag Thakur welcomed the three AAP leaders and said their support will strengthen the party in retaining power in the state in the polls due in November.
He also hit out at Kejriwal for insulting his party workers during the roadshow.
“On one side, Kejriwal talks about his party all the time, and on the other side, he overlooked and insulted his own dedicated workers. During the roadshow in Mandi, except CM Kejriwal and CM Mann, no one was allowed in the vehicle. No leader was given a place on the rath (vehicle),” the minister said.
Targeting the BJP over inducting the AAP leaders, Sisodia said, “BJP claims it is the world’s largest party. But such is the situation that at midnight, its national chief and a Union Minister induct a person against whom there are complaints of making derogatory remarks against women. We were going to expel him today.”
“It is clear that BJP has understood the voice of the people. In their desperation, the faces of the BJP in Himachal are embracing a characterless man. The man they have inducted belongs in the BJP,” Sisodia said.
With inputs from NDTV