The latest blow to the party was given by its most popular woman MLA Alka Lamba who not only challenged the party supremo for the party’s performance but also announced to quit the party in 2020 – the year of assembly elections in Delhi
New Delhi: The infight between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is escalating after facing a major setback in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The party seniors are not only looking for drastic measures to keep their votebank intact, but also its lawmakers and party workers.
The latest blow to the party was given by its most popular woman MLA Alka Lamba who not only challenged the party supremo for the party’s performance but also announced to quit the party in 2020 – the year of assembly elections in Delhi.
Disgruntled AAP MLA from Chandni Chowk, Lamba, who is the US currently, launched a fresh salvo on the party and attacked Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and questioned about party’s performance and fixing responsibility. Her strong reaction came after she was again removed from AAP’s MLA WhatsApp group, which includes Kejriwal.
Lamba in her video post said that at a time when the party came third in the CM’s constituency, lost in all 70 assembly segments and lost its security deposit, shouldn’t the person, who sat in a closed room and took all decisions on alliance and candidates, quit?
गुस्सा मुझ पर कुछ यूं निकाला जा रहा है, अकेली मैं ही क्यों?मैं तो पहले दिन से ही यही सब कह रही थी जो आज हार के बाद आप कह रहे हैं,— Alka Lamba (@LambaAlka) May 25, 2019
कभी ग्रुप में जोड़ते हो,कभी निकालते हो,बेहतर होता इससे ऊपर उठकर कुछ सोचते, बुलाते,बात करते,गलतियों और कमियों पर चर्चा करते,सुधार कर के आगे बढ़ते। pic.twitter.com/3zsZ9TVmQB
Lamba shared screenshots of WhatsApp conversation on social media platform - Twitter where it can be seen that she was removed by AAP's North East Delhi candidate Dilip Pandey from the group. Lamba lashed out at Kejriwal and said why is she being held responsible for the party’s loss in Lok Sabha elections.
Lamba has been at loggerhead with other senior party leaders for quite some time. This is the second time that Lamba has been dropped from the WhatsApp group. Earlier in December 2018, she was removed from the group after she raised an objection to AAP’s resolution to revoke Rajiv Gandhi's Bharat Ratna.
Lamba on Twitter also announced that in 2020 she will quit the party.
2013 में आप के साथ शुरू हुआ मेरा सफ़र 2020 में समाप्त हो जायेगा।— Alka Lamba (@LambaAlka) May 25, 2019
मेरी शुभकामनाएं पार्टी के समर्पित क्रांतिकारी ज़मीनी कार्यकर्ताओं के साथ हमेशा रहेगीं, आशा करती हूं आप दिल्ली में एक मजबूत विकल्प बने रहेगें।
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“My journey started with you in 2013 will end in 2020. My best wishes will be with the dedicated revolutionary ground workers of the party, hopefully, you will remain a strong alternative in Delhi. The last six years have been memorable and I have learnt a lot from you,” the Chandni Chowk MLA said in a tweet.
She did not say whether she would quit AAP before or after the assembly election due in Delhi next year. During the Lok Sabha elections, AAP party’s Anil Bajpai and Devender Sehrawat joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The results of Lok Sabha election have set the alarm bell ringing for the AAP, Arvind Kejriwal has been meeting MLAs from several assembly constituencies and asking them to meet people in their areas and renew efforts in their constituencies. The party is trying to keep their team intact and reach out to maximum voters as AAP finished third in five seats, and second in two.
According to the officials, MLAs have been asked to be seen among the people and not get demoralised with election result and exits of MLAs from the party. During Lok Sabha election, AAP had alleged that the BJP had reached out to seven of its MLAs and offered them Rs 10 crore for switching over before elections.
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Last Updated May 26, 2019, 2:57 PM IST