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Alka Lamba’s remark comes after Delhi Chief Minister and AAP president Arvind Kejriwal unfollowed her on Twitter.

New Delhi: A little over a month after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Alka Lamba first claimed that she was “asked” to resign from the party, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP president Arvind Kejriwal unfollowed her on microblogging site Twitter.

On Sunday, Lamba put out a tweet saying “He” unfollowed her on Twitter, leading to speculation that she was referring to Kejriwal.

Speaking to ThePrint, Lamba said, “Yes, I am referring to Arvind Kejriwal in the tweet.

“If I do not get the respect I deserve, and a response from the party, I will stop working for the party,” she said.

Lamba is the AAP MLA from Chandni Chowk, where she said she has been working in close collaboration with the party’s Lok Sabha in-charge Pankaj Gupta for the general election campaign.

She said she has conveyed her dissatisfaction to Gupta.

December controversy

AAP sources claim that Lamba has been sidelined ever since the incident in December last year when a controversial resolution to withdraw the Bharat Ratna to Rajiv Gandhi, for his alleged involvement in the 1984 riots, reportedly made its way into the Delhi assembly.

However, the passed resolution available on the Delhi assembly’s website has no mention of Gandhi.

On 21 December, the day the resolution was passed, Lamba made her objection to it public in a tweet which she later deleted.

“Ever since that incident, I have not been on talking terms with them and they haven’t been involving me in anything,” she said. “I will continue to work as a legislator.”


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Move to Congress?

The development Sunday has sent political circles abuzz, with sources claiming that Lamba is likely to join the Congress soon.

However, Lamba denied having met anyone in the Congress recently.

“The last meeting I had with the Congress was about three months ago, and regarding the possible election alliance. These happened with the complete knowledge and permission from the chief minister,” she added.

However, Lamba said that she had worked with the Congress for nearly 20 years and that people remain in touch with her and exchange social niceties.

Lamba was formerly associated with various departments of the Congress in Delhi. She served as the president of Delhi University Students Union as an NSUI candidate. In 2002, she was elected general secretary of the All India Mahila Congress. She also contested, and lost, Delhi assembly polls in 2003 from Moti Nagar.

She quit the Congress to join the Aam Aadmi Party in December 2013 because she felt something was “missing”.

“I have time and again proven that I am working and want to work for AAP, but yeh theek nahi hai (this isn’t right),” she added.


Also read: AAP rules out possibility of alliance with Congress in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana for LS polls


 

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