Former Bihar social welfare minister Parveen Amanullah, who resigned from chief minister Nitish Kumar’s cabinet on February 4, joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday.
“Party leaders don’t yet know what role Amanullah will play in AAP. But we are hopeful her entry will attract voters from the minority community, who are equally suffering due to widely prevalent corruption”, AAP national council member and Magadh zonal secretary Suryadeo Singh Yadav said.
Political circles are agog with speculation that Amanullah could contest the coming Lok Sabha election either from Kishanganj, once represented by her father, Syed Shahabuddin (1991-96) or from Patliputra constituency as AAP candidate.
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Amanullah’s resignation has come at an inconvenient time for Nitish Kumar, who is already facing threats to his popularity among the minorities, due to a resurgent RJD President Lalu Prasad.
After her resignation, science and technology minister Shahid Ali Khan remains the lone minister belonging to the minority community.
Her resignation as an MLA has also given anxious moments to the Nitish Kumar government, which is surviving with the support of four MLAs of Congress, as many Independents and one CPI.
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