AAP MLA Alka Lamba on Wednesday held an impromptu ‘referendum’ by organising a mohalla sabha outside the Jama Masjid in her Chandni Chowk constituency hours after she was seen engaged in a Twitter war with her party colleague Saurabh Bharadwaj.
Addressing her supporters, Lamba alleged that her party had asked for her resignation the third time in the last four years because she was seen ‘too soft’ on the Congress. She asked her supporters if she should resign as AAP MLA. To which, her supporters replied in negative.
Lamba said that this was the second time her party had asked her to resign after, according to her, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sought her resignation in December last year. That was after she had opposed the AAP’s move to pass a resolution demanding the revocation of the Bharat Ratna honours, conferred to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Lamba said that she had sent her resignation, but Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia later held a press conference to deny reports of Kejriwal seeking her resignation.
She also alleged that Kejriwal had recently held a programme in her constituency to address a programme, but had not cared to invite her even though she was the local MLA.
She said, “I want to know what my fault is. Whether I stay or resign will be decided by people of Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid…When Arvind Kejriwal visited my constituency, I was not invited.”
She said while she was busy attacking the communal BJP, some within her party was routinely attacking her.
Her visit to Jama Masjid followed a bitter Twitter spat with another AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj, who had taunted her to resign from the party.