Shahzad Ali, an activist associated with Shaheen Bagh, the hotbed of anti-Citizenship law protests, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday (August 16), reported ANI.
He joined the saffron party in the presence of Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta and party leader Shyam Jaju. He said he had joined the BJP to “prove wrong those in our community who think BJP is our enemy.”
Regarding the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which had triggered widespread protests and even violence in many parts of the capital, Ali said, “We’ll sit together with them over CAA concerns.”
The protests at Shaheen Bagh had started on December 15 following a brutal crackdown by the police on anti-CAA protesters at the city’s premier Jamia Millia Islamia University. The protest site was eventually cleared on March 24, a day before a nationwide lockdown came into force to contain the pandemic.
The Shaheen Bagh protests, led by the women of the area, had become a major during the February assembly polls in Delhi, while the road blockade had resulted in traffic concerns.