Sitting Congress corporator from ward 42, Azizuddin Qureshi, along with his wife Zarina joined the BJP on Monday in the presence of the state BJP president Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan and Bhopal MP Alok Sanjar. Azizuddin dialed the BJP's toll-free membership drive number to join the party.
He blamed excessive factionalism in the Congress and said that he had been impressed with the leadership and development initiatives of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Azizuddin said he had sought the ticket for his wife from the ward 42, which is reserved for women, but was being denied the ticket due to factionalism in the Congress. The BJP has assured his wife of a ticket, he said. Azizuddin had been elected as a corporator from ward 42 in 2009.
State BJP president Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan welcomed Azizuddin to the party and said the BJP would gain from his presence. He added that large a number of people from the minority community were attracted to the BJP due to its leadership.