Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Chandni Chowk Alka Lamba has accused her party leadership of weakening her by accusing her of trying to join the Congress.
A report by news agency PTI said that she was not invited to a function to be attended by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal near Jama Masjid near her constituency. A report by news agency PTI said that Kejriwal, also AAP chief, will hold a public meeting near Jama Masjid on 20 February.
The AAP has fielded one Pankaj Gupta, a close aide of Kejriwal, as its Lok Sabha candidate from here for 2019 elections. Lamba, according to PTI, questioned in a statement, “How will the party gain by weakening me?”
She added that whilst she was being accused of trying to join the Congress, ‘someone else’ in the party was showing his desperation by willing to ‘go to any level’ for alliance with that party. She was clearly hinting at Kejriwal, who’s been trying to stitch an alliance with the Congress for the Lok Sabha polls.
Lamba has long been sidelined within her own party since she revealed that the AAP leadership had asked her to resign for protesting against a resolution seeking to revoke former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna in the Delhi assembly. Realising its adverse impact on Kejriwal’s attempts to form an alliance with the Congress, the AAP had later issued a clarification contrary to Lamba’s claims.