Former president of the Gujarat Bar Association Yatin Oza met Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in the latter’s visit to Gujarat to express his desire the join the AAP. He told PTI that the meeting was an informal one, but it can be considered that he has already joined the party.
Oza has expressed his displeasure with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government. Citing three reasons, he said, “I am aggrieved at the way Modi is attacking judiciary and such attacks are being made to weaken it. Second, Modi government did nothing to stop future trading of essential commodities as per his election promise and this has caused rise in prices of food items. Third, there is a rampant corruption in the government and nothing is being done to address the problem. The BJP today has become a party of two people – Modi and Amit Shah. I have heard grievances of party members who have been pushed out because they are not sycophants.” He claims to have documented evidence against Modi.
A formal meeting between Kejriwal and Oza is scheduled on Thursday in the national capital.
Oza, a former BJP lawmaker from Gujarat, played an indirect part in elevating Narendra Modi to chief minister of the state. Back in 1995, when he was elected as an MLA, he appointed Amit Shah as his election campaigner. With Oza’s backing, Shah contested elections in 1997, winning a by-election.
Oza went on to join the Congress in 2001, after resigning as MLA. He even contested against Modi in the 2002 elections, but lost. On being sidelined from the Congress, he returned back to the BJP in 2012, but has since been sidelined again.