Patna: Former Bihar Social Welfare Minister Parveen Amanullah joined Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in New Delhi on Thursday. TOI had reported her move on the day she resigned from the Nitish Kumar government on Tuesday.
Parveen joined AAP at its headquarters. She had already worked with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal as an RTI activist. “I contacted AAP leadership and expressed my desire to work with them. They accepted my request,” she said.
Talking to TOI from Delhi, the wife of senior bureaucrat Afzal Amanullah and daughter of Syed Shahabuddin said she was not yet decided to contest the Lok Sabha polls. “I will concentrate on expanding and strengthening AAP in Bihar and associate with common people who are fed up with the established political parties. The new party has won the faith of a common man,” she said and added that she had talks with Kejriwal.
When pointed out that she has not nursed any parliamentary constituency till now, Parveen shot back, “Who has nursed a constituency?”
She lamented that in Bihar, bureaucrats were abetting corruption which was rampant in all government departments. She was particularly critical of the implementation of Panchayati Raj Act and the lacunae in its legislation with little involvement of people.
The 54-year-old Parveen, who for the first time contested and won the 2010 assembly election from Sahebpur Kamal in Begusarai district, also quit JD (U) and her assembly seat.
Political observers said Parveen is a greenhorn in politics and has little experience of contesting elections. Moreover, she is not a mass leader. Since she had hardly any plan to contest Lok Sabha polls while being a minister for a little over three years, she did not nurse any constituency. “Her decision to quit the ministry and Nitish’s party was as sudden as joining AAP which is a party of neo-politicians. Her calculations that there may be a wave for AAP in Lok Sabha elections may not be true,” said a senior JD (U) leader.