In the light of the controversy triggered after Delhi legislator Alka Lamba was asked to resign from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for opposing a resolution in the assembly, the AAP MLA, in an exclusive conversation with Republic TV's Shivani Gupta on Saturday she stated that she will resign from the party if the party demands.
"During the meeting, Somnath Bharti ji told me that Rajiv Gandhi's Bharat Ratna should be taken away. He asked me to say the same because it is what the Party wanted. I however, disagreed to the statement. I told him I don't support this, so I will not say this in my speech. So, I did not say it. But then Jarnail Singh said the same lines during his speech. Then I came to know this is the party's final decision in the resolution. I did not agree and I walked out. So, if the party thinks I have crossed the line and wants my resignation, then I am ready to accept it. However, I have not yet resigned," said Alka Lamba while speaking to Republic TV.
Revealing that she received official documents wherein proposal to take away former PM Rajiv Gandhi's Bharat Ratna was clearly stated, Alka Lamba later professed that she did not know why AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj claims that no such propositions have been made in the official document.
"I received the official document and Rajiv Gandhi's mention was there on the document. I don't accept it. Then only I took the stand that I don't accept it. He(Saurabh Bharadwaj) is denying because he thinks that I did the wrong thing."
On Friday, AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj had taken it to Twitter to claim that 'lines about late Rajiv Gandhi were not a part of the resolution placed before the house and distributed to the members':
Further, on being questioned about the speculations of coalition talks between Congress and AAP, she asserted that she did not know about any such possibilities.
Earlier, the Delhi MLA had posted a message on social media stating that she is ready to accept the punishment that will be imposed by AAP after she did not accept the proposal to withdraw the Bharat Ratna given to former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi:
The Delhi Assembly on December 11 passed a resolution demanding that Bharat Ratna awarded to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi be withdrawn, alleging that he had justified the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The resolution moved by AAP MLA Jarnail Singh was passed by a voice vote in the House.