AAP MLA from Chandni Chowk Alka Lamba on Wednesday decided to skip the roadshow held by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in her constituency. This led to speculations that a crisis in her party had further deepened ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha polls.
Lamba took to social media to explain the reason behind her decision to give Kejriwal’s roadshow a miss. She wrote, “The party’s (Lok Sabha) candidate (from Chandni Chowk) phoned me to say that I had to attend the roadshow of the chief minister. I was ready but then I got a message that I will not be in the car with the CM but will have to walk behind his car whereas other MLAs particularly Asim will be in the car since the roadshow was being organised by him. This insult was not acceptable to me and my people.”
पार्टी उम्मीदवार पंकज जी का फ़ोन आया की मुझे CMके रोड़ शो में शामिल होना है,
मैं तैयार थी,
फिर संदेश भिजवाया गया,मैं CMके साथ गाड़ी पर नही रहूँगी,गाड़ी के पीछे चलना होगा,जब कि बाकी MLAs,ख़ास कर असीम रहेगें,यह उनके द्वारा आयोजित शो है,
यह अपमान मुझे और मेरे लोगों को मंजूर नही था। https://t.co/tSvStM6ax8
— Alka Lamba (@LambaAlka) May 2, 2019
Lamba has been at odds with her party and was even engaged in a social media spat with another AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj, who accused her of wanting to join the Congress. This had prompted her to visit her constituency and stage an impromptu referendum by asking her supporters outside Jama Masjid if she should join the Congress.
Last month, Lamba had vowed not to campaign for the party. News agency PTI had quoted her as saying, “For the last four months, I have been trying to get an appointment with the party leaders, but no one has responded to me, so I have decided that I would not be campaigning for the party anymore.”
Alka Lamba had won the assembly elections from Chandni Chowk in February 2015. Before joining the Aam Aadmi Party, she was a key functionary of the Congress party.