A day after massive drama in the Delhi Assembly that sparked a 'mutiny' in ruling Aam Aadmi Party, Vidhan Sabha Speaker Ram Niwas Goel tried to explain the truth of Rajiv Gandhi resolution. Talking to media on Saturday morning, Goel explained that there was a proposal for discussion on 1984 riots case on Friday. "The original resolution had no mention of Rajiv Gandhiji, it was added by AAP MLA Jarnail Singh on his own in his speech," Goel was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. In a bid to clarify the chaos, Goel said that "it (84 riots) is an emotional issue and people get swayed while speaking."
The Arvind Kejriwal government had also said that same thing after the resolution snowballed into a full-blown political crisis. Party spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj had also said that the lines about the former prime minister were not part of the original text placed before the House and it was a handwritten amendment proposed by a member that cannot be passed in such a manner.
AAP MLA Jarnail Singh, while moving the resolution in the Assembly, had mentioned Gandhi's name while reading the text and demanded the Bharat Ratna to the Congress leader be withdrawn for "justifying anti-Sikh riots". Meanwhile, after Friday's drama, it is still not clear whether Alka Lamba has resigned from the party or not.
Yesterday, she had claimed that she didn't support the resolution and hence was asked by the AAP to quit from the party. Lamba also staged a walkout. After the walkout, the Chandni Chowk legislator said that "I got a message from the CM to tender my resignation. I'm ready to do so".
"I was asked to support the resolution demanding taking back the Bharat Ratna awarded to former PM Rajiv Gandhi. Since I didn't agree to this, I staged a walkout. I am ready to accept whatever punishment given to me," she said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, the Congress reacted sharply with its Delhi chief Ajay Maken saying Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed his life for the country and the true colours of AAP which is the "B team of BJP" has come out.
"Sh. Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed his life for the country.True colours of AAP have come out in the open! I have always believed that AAP is the B team of BJP!", Maken tweeted.
During Friday proceedings, dominated by AAP, Jarnail Singh read out the one-page resolution which also mentioned the demand to take back the award from Gandhi. After that Speaker Ram Nivas Goel told the House that the riots were a "very serious issue" and all MLAs should support the resolution by standing up. Following this, all AAP MLAs stood up. Goel then said the resolution is adopted by voice vote.