Shazia Ilmi
Aam Aadmi Party leader Shazia Ilmi after her resignation from the party at Press Club of India, in New Delhi on 24 May, 2014.IANS File

Former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi on Friday joined the BJP "for the rest of her life" after lavishing praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A day after former police officer Kiran Bedi formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, it was the turn of Ilmi, who broke ranks some time ago with Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal.

"There is indeed a new political discourse in the country, and we must all be a part of it," the journalist-turned-politician told the media in the company of Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay.

Illmi admitted she had had differences with the BJP and Congress in the past.

"But in the last six months I have realized that the prime minister is doing a good job. The way he invoked Mahatma Gandhi's name for the Swacch Bharat campaign is very impressive," she said.

Ilmi had contested - and narrowly lost - the December 2013 assembly elections on an AAP ticket.

Once close to Kejriwal, Ilmi was reportedly unhappy that the AAP fielded her in the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh where she finished a distant fifth.

Ilmi earlier called on BJP president Amit Shah. She said she is expected "nothing" from the BJP.

"You can ask Amit Bhai and others. I have not asked for anything," she said. "It is an opportunity to serve my city and nation."

Ilmi further said that it was her decision to not to contest the upcoming Delhi Polls and she hoped that party would respect that.

"However, I am ready to take up any responsibility that the party gives me," she added.

Along with Ilmi, music director Anand Raaj Anand also joined the party.