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Kapil Mishra joins BJP after long strained links with AAP

Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel earlier this month had disqualified Kapil Mishra under the anti-defection law, he campaigned for BJP

New Delhi: Former minister in the Arvind Kejriwal government and disqualified MLA Kapil Mishra along with AAP women’s wing chief Richa Pandey joined the BJP in New Delhi on Saturday. The duo were welcomed by BJP national vice president Shyam Jaju and Delhi unit president Manoj Tiwari at the party’s office on Pant Marg.

“I welcome Kapil Mishra and Richa Pandey into BJP and hope they will serve Delhi by following the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and philosophy of Deen Dayal Upadhyay and Syama Prasad Mookerjee,” Tiwari said.

Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel earlier this month had disqualified Kapil Mishra under the anti-defection law after he campaigned for the BJP during the Lok Sabha elections in May. Mishra, elected from Karawalnagar seat, has challenged his disqualification in Delhi High Court.

Speculations over Mishra joining the BJP were making rounds since he started criticising the AAP supremo after being removed as a minister in May 2017. Subsequently, he grew close to many Delhi BJP leaders and often shared the stage with them at public events.

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