Lamba resigns, claims she has joined Congress

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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Chandni Chowk Alka Lamba on Fri­day claimed that she had “joined” the Congress at the party chief So­nia Gandhi’s res­i­dence. Ear­lier in the day, Lamba re­signed from the pri­mary mem­ber­ship of the party on Twit­ter and urged AAP chief Arvind Ke­jri­wal to ac­cept her res­ig­na­tion. The devel­op­ment comes a few days af­ter Lamba met So­nia Gandhi.

“I have joined Congress and will com­plete the for­mal­i­ties like tak­ing the pri­mary mem­ber­ship of the Congress by go­ing to the Delhi Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee of­fice in a cou­ple of days,” said Lamba.

She added that a meet­ing with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi ear­lier set the stage for her join­ing the party. “Congress wants to bring back the young lead­ers, who had left the party, and pre­pare the ground for the assem­bly elec­tions. I was away from the party for six years, but I al­ways held its ide­ol­ogy close to my heart,” she said. But she has still not taken the mem­ber­ship of Congress.

Lamba has crossed over to Congress at a time when the party is go­ing through a tough phase in Delhi. “I am ready to face any strug­gle. I pre­fer the pol­i­tics of ide­ol­ogy over easy pol­i­tics,” she added.

Lamba, who is as­pir­ing to be a Congress’ can­di­date from Chandni Chowk assem­bly con­stituency in the up­com­ing assem­bly elec­tions, said that she will also send her for­mal res­ig­na­tion let­ter to the AAP chief soon.

Dif­fer­ences cropped up be­tween Lamba and the party lead­er­ship post the 2017 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions when the party did not per­form well in Delhi. Things reached a flash­point in De­cem­ber last year when Lamba op­posed a res­o­lu­tion moved in Delhi assem­bly to de­mand to strip Ra­jiv Gandhi of Bharat Ratna for his com­ments on the 1984 ri­ots. The res­o­lu­tion was, how­ever, not passed in the assem­bly.

In April, Lamba con­ducted a ref­er­en­dum in her con­stituency on whether she should join Congress or re­main in the AAP. As per pub­lic opin­ion, she chose not to change her party. AAP sources claimed that the ref­er­en­dum was staged. Be­fore join­ing AAP in De­cem­ber, 2014, Lamba had served Congress in dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties for over 20 years.

De­spite sev­eral at­tempts, AAP lead­ers re­fused to re­spond when asked about the Alka Lamba’s de­ci­sion.

Be­fore join­ing AAP in 2014, Lamba had served Congress in dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties for over 20 years

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