Moments after the Congress party released its manifesto, two AAP MLAs – Alka Lamba and Saurabh Bharadwaj – got into a verbal spat on Twitter over the party's demand for statehood for Delhi amid the failure of alliance talks between AAP-Cong.
Alka Lamba questioned the possibility of an alliance between AAP and Congress after the Rahul Gandhi released its manifesto wherein the Grand Old party did not promise to grant full statehood to Delhi, but it promised the same to Puducherry.
Lamba tweeted, “In its manifesto, Congress has talked about giving full statehood to Puducherry, but not said anything about Delhi. This makes it clear that for Congress giving full statehood to Delhi is not important. On the other hand, AAP is making this as its main issue. How will an alliance be formed?”
Responding to Alka Lamba's tweet, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj took to Twitter and wrote, “What do you want? Full statehood or…”
And there started a verbal debate between the two AAP leaders on social media. In her reply, the MLA from Chandni Chowk said, “How does it make a difference what I want … The time to ask this question is over… now the people of Delhi will decide.”
Amid the social media debate between the two AAP MLAs, Saurabh Bharadwaj challenged Alka Lamba to go back to Congress party. Bharadwaj wrote, “Then show some strength, go to Congress party.”
Lamba was a part of the Congress party for two decades before joining AAP.
Earlier, on being asked about returning to the Rahul Gandhi-led party, Lamba has said that she will be honoured to go back to the Congress, if such a proposal comes her way.
"I don't have any such proposal (of joining Congress) from Congress yet, but it will be a matter of respect for me if any such proposal comes. I had given 20 years to the party. Congress will decide on the matter. An uninvited guest isn't welcomed anywhere."
Meanwhile, after a lot of back-and-forth, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal confirmed that there is no alliance between Congress and AAP in Delhi for 2019 polls.