AAP MLA Alka Lamba
Disgruntled AAP MLA Alka Lamba on Wednesday asked the people outside Jama Masjid in New Delhi whether she should resign from the Aam Aadmi Party as her "party people" were "repeatedly demanding" her resignation. Her visit to Jama Masjid followed a bitter Twitter spat with party lawmaker Saurabh Bharadwaj, who had taunted her to resign from the party.
Addressing a large crowd that gathered around her, Chandni Chowk MLA said the AAP was repeatedly demanding her resignation and sought to know from the people. "I am fighting against the BJP but some people are fighting with me. My party people are repeatedly asking me to resign. I want to know what is my fault. Why should I resign? I want the people of my constituency Chandni Chowk to decide whether I should resign from AAP or not," Lamba said.
She also said the only way to defeat the BJP is that the AAP and the Congress join hands. Lamba said this was the second time her party had asked her to resign after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sought her resignation in December last year.
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She said she was asked to resign as she had opposed the AAP's move to pass a resolution demanding the revocation of the Bharat Ratna honours, conferred to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
"On one hand, Kejriwal said he wants coalition with the Congress to defeat the BJP but on the other hand, he makes such statements. What does he want?" she said.
Soon after the public outing, Lamba tweeted that if the AAP and the Congress come together the figures in Delhi would be AAP-2 seats, Congress-2 seats, BJP-3 seats but if there is no alliance, then it will be the AAP-0, the Congress-0 and the BJP-7. Earlier, Lamba and Bhardwaj got into a verbal spat on Tuesday after the Congress released its manifesto.
It all began when Lamba questioned the possibility of an alliance between the AAP and the Congress after the latter released its manifesto without any mention of giving full statehood to Delhi.