Rebel AAP legislator Alka Lamba on Wednesday held a mohalla sabha outside the historic Jama Masjid to seek the opinion of the people on severing her ties with the ruling party. She, more importantly, reached out to the people in her constituency Chandi Chowk after she had a Twitter spat with AAP colleague Saurabh Bharadwaj on Tuesday. Bharadwaj and Lamba had exchanged more than a dozen tweets over the issue of statehood.
Alka Lamba, whose ties has soured with the senior AAP leadership since December last year, challenged Bhardwaj to come and debate her in the Assembly constituency. This was in response the AAP GK legislator taunting her to resign from the party if she does not stand with the party on the demand of statehood.
“I have asked to resign from the party. I want to ask you all should I resign? They keep on abusing the Congress, but, on the other hand, want to have an alliance.”
Lamba said, addressing the people in front of theJama Masjid. “I want to say you (public) have made me your MLA, I will serve and work only for you. Should I resign as they say?” Lamba said to which the crowd responded with a loud “No”. This is not the first time when Bharadwaj has dueled with the Chandni Chowk MLA. Earlier, he had hinted that if Lamba resigns from the party, then what will happen to the “MLA Ki Kursi” (chair of MLA).
Earlier on Wednesday, 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…”
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.