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Former Aam Aadmi Party's minister Kapil Mishra, women wing chief Richa Pandey Mishra joins BJP

Kapil Mishra and Richa Pandey Mishra. Photograph:( ANI )

ANI New Delhi, India Aug 17, 2019, 01.55 PM (IST)

In a big blow to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), party's women wing chief Richa Pandey Mishra joined the BJP along with disqualified MLA Kapil Mishra.

"We had joined the AAP for alternative politics after the Anna movement in 2011. Now, BJP is doing those alternative politics. Wherever you go, you will see that people got benefitted due to schemes started by the BJP," she told ANI.

Richa further said that "AAP has become 'Khaas' (special) party."

Kapil, who was by disqualified by Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel under the anti-defection law, also joined the BJP.

He formally joined the BJP in the presence of BJP MP and Delhi state unit president Manoj Tiwari and party MP Vijay Goel.

"Now, Delhi needs a government which can work with the Central government. I think that the national capital needs a government which can work under the guidance of PM Modi," Kapil told ANI.

On August 2, Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel disqualified rebel Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Kapil Mishra, who had campaigned for Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Lok Sabha elections, under the anti-defection law on grounds of defection.