AAP suspends Alka Lamba as spokesperson for two months


Aam Aadmi Party has suspended Alka Lamba as its spokesperson for two months, reports ANI.

Lamba had allegedly contradicted the party line when she told reporters outside the office of the ACB that the Transport Minister Gopal Rai had been “relieved” of his ministry so that a fair investigation could be carried out in the Premium Bus Service scheme.

Lamba, according to Indian Express, made the comments outside the ACB office, where she had gone to extend support to Rai. He had gone to the agency in connection with the probe into the scheme.

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Lamba later tweeted describing herself as a loyal soldier of the party.

She tweeted, “I am a loyal worker of the party and respect the decision of my party. If I have made a mistake unknowingly, I am ready to repent so that my party’s fight against corruption doesn’t get affected because of me.”

Opposition parties have been quick to pounce on AAP on this issue.

BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said, “This is what AAP does the best. They punished Prashant Bhushan for soeaking the truth and now Alka Lamba. Anybody who exposes Arvind Kejriwal’s lies is punished.,”

Rai had stepped down from his post earlier this week and the party said that he was doing so because of health reasons.

The resignation also came amidst allegations of corruption against Rai.

Rai on Monday had said that he will personally go to the Anti-Corruption Branch to discuss the app-based premium bus service scam, which has been mired in allegations of corruption.

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Kejriwal had recently tweeted asking Rai present himself before the ACB to answer questions on the bus controversy.

Rai, on Tuesday had voluntarily presented himself before the ACB Chief M K Meena.

His appearance before the ACB had come amidst allegations of corruption against Delhi government.

Later, he had also met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and asked him for evidence proving the corruption in the premium bus scheme, alleging that the move wastotally politically-motivated to defame it.