After a controversy broke out over reports of a resolution being passed in the Delhi Assembly calling for Rajiv Gandhi's Bharat Ratna to be revoked, the AAP has now backtracked saying the resolution was never passed. The party also refuted reports which claimed that its MLA Alka Lamba was asked to resign over differences of opinion on the issue.
Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia has spoken about the controversy saying that the Delhi Assembly did not pass the resolution asking Rajiv Gandhi's Bharat Ratna to be returned. He also said that they did not ask MLA Alka Lamba to resign.
"We have not asked for Alka Lamba's resignation. We are not saying that the Bharat Ratna given to Rajiv Gandhi should be returned. Those whose hands are red with the blood of 1984 and 2002 should not do this kind of politics. Yes, it was a proposal by a member but it was never passed a resolution. It was not expunged because it was not brought up in the assembly. We will talk to Alka Lamba. Unless the resolution was not voted upon, it cannot pass. There is nothing about resignation (by Alka Lamba). Nor has she mentioned anywhere, neither we have asked. We will talk to Lamba on how she received the typed note. The speaker is the final authority. The resolution which is placed on his table is the final one. It can be a feeling of any member. Anyone can read it."
AAP leader Jarnail Singh also claimed that the resolution which was passed did not mention the resolution.
"I have the resolution copy in my hand, there are two issues mentioned, that - this (Anti-Sikh riots) was not riots. This was genocide. The assembly passed the resolution that the anti-Sikh riots was genocide. The original resolution was about the genocide. I read about Rajiv Gandhi as that was what I felt. The issue of Rajiv Gandhi was picked up much later that the genocide. I, am on record in Vidhan Sabha, and have expressed my feelings, it was not a part of resolution."
Although, earlier while talking to Republic TV, AAP MLA Alka Lamba said that she was asked to follow the party line to demand the revocation of Rajiv Gandhi's Bharat Ratna over the issue of Anti-Sikh Riots in the Delhi assembly.