Former AAP MLA from Delhi Chandni Chowk, Alka Lamba, has lashed out at her former party after Rupinder Kaur Ruby, Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Punjab, joined the Congress on Wednesday. Lamba, who too left the AAP to join the Congress a few years ago, said that there was no respect for women in Arvind Kejriwal’s party.
Lamba took to Twitter to write, “Ruby is the second female MLA, who has left the AAP to join the Congress. There’s no respect for women in the Aam Aadmi Party. Even those who are still with the AAP are waiting just for how long they can continue to compromise with their self-respect. Anti-women Kejriwal.”
मेरे बाद रूबी दूसरी #महिला विधायक है जिसने #AAP पार्टी छोड़ कॉंग्रेस का दामन पकड़ा है – @AamAadmiParty में महिलाओं का सम्मान नहीं, जो #AAP में हैं वो भी देखते हैं कब तक अपने सम्मान से समझौता करती हैं.
महिला विरोधी केजरीवाल. @INCPunjab @INCDelhi https://t.co/WyglKHbxDl
— Alka Lamba (@LambaAlka) November 10, 2021
Ruby, who won the last assembly polls as an AAP candidate from Bhatinda Rural seat, quit the Kejriwal’s party on Tuesday. On Wednesday, she officially joined the Congress in the presence of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Ruby had announced her disassociation with the AAP on Twitter as she wrote on Tuesday, “Mr.@ArvindKejriwal ji Convener, AAP & @BhagwantMannji This is hereby inform u that I am resigning with immediate effect from the membership of Aam Aadmi Party.Please accept my resignation.Thx Rupinder Kaur Ruby.(MLA Bti.rural).”
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According to the Hindustan Times, Ruby said after joining the Congress, “The Congress is the asli aam aadmi (real common man’s) party and is headed by a woman leader.”
Ruby’s departure from the AAP has come a huge setback for Kejriwal and his party just ahead of the crucial assembly polls. Punjab is due to go for assembly polls in February next year and Kejriwal has once again stepped up his efforts to make electoral inroads in the state. In 2017, he had to contend with just 20-odd seats despite claiming that his party was set to sweep the polls.