In a massive twist in Delhi politics, rebel AAP MLA Alka Lamba has met with Congress interim-president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday at her residence-10 Janpath. Sources report that Lamba is likely to join the Congress party soon. Lamba is the sitting MLA from Delhi's Chandni Chowk. She had resigned the Aam Aadmi Party on August 4. Sources report that Congress will most likely make an official announcement declaring her joining soon.
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.
Reacting to her remarks, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj in a tweet said, "She has announced this a dozen of times in the past. It takes 1 min to send a written resignation letter to party leadership. We will accept it on Twitter too." AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal too had shunned Lamba, after reports of a rift between the two emerged. AAP failed to win a single seat in Delhi in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
She has announced this a dozen of times in the past. It takes 1 min to send a written resignation letter to party leadership. We will accept it on Twitter too. https://t.co/dDEiZmbtf6— Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) August 4, 2019
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.