Aam Aadmi Party MLA Alka Lamba on Friday said that she is ready to tender her resignation as “demanded” by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for not supporting a resolution in the assembly on revoking late PM Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna.
On December 21, the Delhi Assembly had adopted a resolution on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in which it was demanded that the Bharat Ratna awarded to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi be withdrawn, but the AAP swiftly distanced itself from the reference to the Congress leader.
The matter became a major crisis with AAP MLA Alka Lamba alleging she was “put under pressure” to support the resolution, which she resisted and boycotted.
According to PTI, Lamba said she was ready to face “any consequences” and claimed she spoke to AAP supremo and CM Kejriwal who, she said, asked her to resign as MLA. “I am ready to do so”, she said.
The Chandni Chowk MLA said she was not happy with the demand to take back Bharat Ratna from Gandhi and staged a walkout in protest.
Interestingly, the AAP later distanced itself from the resolution.
“After I staged a walkout, I got a message from the chief minister to tender my resignation,” she was quoted as saying by PTI.
When asked whether she will quit, Lamba added, “I have won on a party ticket. I will tender my resignation as demanded by the party,” the former Youth Congress leader said.
In a tweet in Hindi, she said, “I was asked to support the resolution demanding taking back the Bharat Ratna awarded to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Since I didn’t agree to this, I staged a walk out. I am ready to accept whatever punishment given to me.”
If Lamba resigns, AAP’s official strength will come down to 65 in the 70-member Delhi Assembly.
The Aam Aadmi Party is yet to react on the controversy.
(With PTI inputs)