Mallika Sarabhai joins AAP along with 50 supporters

Noted danseuse Mallika Sarabhai is among the latest to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Daughter of Vikram Sarabhai, who laid the foundation for research in space sciences in India, Mallika had openly taken up the cudgels against Chief Minister Narendra Modi over the 2002 communal riots.

On Wednesday, she arrived at the AAP office in Aayojan Nagar with a cavalcade of 15 vehicles and joined the party with 50 supporters.

She filled the membership form and gave an undertaking that she would carry out any assignment given to her for strengthening the party. Sarabhai and her supporters went back wearing AAP caps. She said she had been contemplating joining a party for long and decided in favour of AAP because the new outfit had strong views against corruption.

She said she came in contact with AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal for the first time in 2008. Arguing that a third political force was badly needed in Gujarat, she hoped AAP could fill the vacuum and meet the political aspirations of the people.

Asked what she liked most about the new party, besides its commitment to fight against corruption, Sarabhai, who is in her sixties, said, "AAP's idea of consulting the people to solve problems matched with those of Mahatma Gandhi, who went to the people to seek their opinion in almost every matter during freedom movement."

After she had spoken against Modi in connection with the 2002 riots, a case related to illegal human trafficking was booked against her. Her joining AAP is seen as a big boost to the party because of the status of her family in Ahmedabad.

Sarabhai, who unsuccessfully contested the 2009 Lok Sabha elections from Gandhinagar against BJP stalwart L K Advani, said she had not yet decided to contest the 2014 General elections. In 2009, she secured 10,000 votes only.

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