In a massive political shift, rebel AAP MLA Alka Lamba has joined Congress on Tuesday, after meeting with Congress interim-president Sonia Gandhi at her residence, as per sources. She tweeted after meeting Gandhi stating that the Congress chief is not only the UPA chairperson, she is also the biggest politician believing in secular ideology. She further stated that she discussed the country's current status. She also stated that political discussion on issues should keep happening.
श्रीमति सोनिया गांधी कांग्रेस की अध्यक्ष ही नहीं यूपीए की चेयरपर्सन भी हैं और सेकुलर विचारधारा की एक बहुत बड़ी नेता भी।— Alka Lamba - अलका लाम्बा (@LambaAlka) September 3, 2019
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Earlier in the day, Lamba had visited Congress interim-president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday at her residence-10 Janpath which had led to rumours of her joining the party. Lamba is the sitting MLA from Delhi's Chandni Chowk. She had resigned the Aam Aadmi Party on August 4. Congress is yet to make an official announcement declaring her joining.
Earlier on August 4, Lamba had announced her decision to quit AAP's primary membership but will continue to be an MLA of the Assembly. She had stated that she will contest the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls as an independent candidate. In response, AAP had said that it is ready to accept her resignation even on Twitter. The Chandni Chowk MLA, who has been at odds with the party leadership for some time, said she took the decision after consulting the people of her constituency through a Jan Sabha.
Meanwhile, Lamba had stated that she had been disrespected by the party on several occasions. After the Aam Aadmi Party's defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, she had sought accountability from party chief Arvind Kejriwal. In response, she was removed from the official WhatsApp group of its lawmakers. Lamba also refused to campaign for the party in the Lok Sabha polls and even refrained from participating in Kejriwal's roadshow.
Delhi is set to go to polls on February 2020. While the BJP has won all seven Lok Sabha seat in May 2019, it holds only four seats in the 70-seat Delhi Assembly. AAP while being whitewashed in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, holds a strong majority of 62 seats in the Assembly. BJP aims to win at least 60 seats in the next Assembly elections.