Congress leader Alka Lamba found herself in controversy as she attempted to slap an AAP worker after they engaged in a skirmish. The incident occurred outside a polling booth near Majnu ka Tila wherein the Congress leader sparred with AAP workers, which was intervened by Delhi Police. Earlier on Saturday, Alka Lamba was accused by AAP booth workers of donning the Congress symbol on her scarf and canvassing votes right outside the polling center. A ruckus broke out at the booth after which the Congress leader was seen charging towards an AAP worker after the latter uttered inappropriate remarks against Lamba.
Allegations were raised against Lamba for violating the model code of conduct by wearing the palm symbol of the Congress party. She was caught verbally attacking Republic Media Network's crew after she was confronted over the alleged violation. Casting her vote at polling booth number 161 at Tagore Garden Extension earlier on Saturday, she said, "Delhi is missing Sheila Dikshit wali Delhi and people will vote for change." She further promised to beautify Chandni Chowk by March 30.
After she tried to slap an AAP worker outside a polling booth, Congress leader Alka Lamba on Saturday alleged that he abused her first. "Election Commission allows every candidate to visit polling booths and meet poll officials. When I came out of the polling booth, the AAP candidate's son was arguing with the police to allow him inside the booth. AAP worker Harmish abused me. I know him for the past many years. Later, Delhi Police took him to the police station," Lamba told ANI. Lamba was talking to a person outside a polling booth when the AAP worker passed personal remarks against her, thus getting a reaction out of her.
Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh has said the party will complain to the Election Commission (EC) regarding the incident. "Shame on you, Kejriwal," she said while commenting on a tweet by the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in which he suggested that women should discuss with men whom it would be better to vote for.
First Congress leader, then former AAP MLA from Chandni Chowk, Lamba re-joined Congress in October 2019. Days after she announced she will quit AAP, she was disqualified as a member of the Delhi Assembly by Speaker Ram Niwas Goel under the anti-defection law. It is a homecoming for Alka Lamba who had quit Congress after 20 years in December 2014 to join the AAP. She was then elected as MLA from Chandni Chowk assembly constituency on the AAP ticket in 2015. Her relationship with the AAP soured after she protested against a resolution in the Delhi Assembly in December last year demanding that Bharat Ratna awarded to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi be withdrawn over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
With 672 candidates in the fray, the Delhi Assembly Elections saw a fierce election campaign of the ruling AAP and the BJP, with the Congress party's presence mostly absent from the picture. The AAP is eyeing a redo of their stellar 2015 Assembly Elections performance 67 seats out of the 70. Meanwhile, the BJP is fighting a prestige battle to win the national capital following months of anti-government demonstrations across the country, with Delhi's Shaheen Bagh at the crux of their campaign.