Alka Lamba asked to resign in after chaos over resolution to revoke Rajiv Gandhi's Bharat Ratna

In a tweet, she said, "I was asked to support the resolution demanding taking back the Bharat Ratna awarded to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Since I didn't agree to this, I staged a walk out. I am ready to accept whatever punishment given to me."

Alka Lamba asked to resign in after chaos over resolution to revoke Rajiv Gandhi's Bharat Ratna
The Chandni Chowk MLA said she was not happy with the demand to take back Bharat Ratna from Gandhi and staged a walkout in protest. / FILE IMAGE
By: ABP News Bureau
Updated: 22 Dec 2018 11:11 AM
New Delhi: For not supporting a resolution in the assembly on revoking late PM Rajiv Gandhi's Bharat Ratna, AAP MLA Alka Lamba on Friday night said that she will tender her resignation as "demanded" by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Chandni Chowk MLA said she was not happy with the demand to take back Bharat Ratna from Gandhi and staged a walkout in protest. On the issue, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia & MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj will brief media at 2 PM today. In a tweet, she said, "I was asked to support the resolution demanding taking back the Bharat Ratna awarded to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Since I didn't agree to this, I staged a walk out. I am ready to accept whatever punishment given to me."



Earlier on Friday, the Delhi Assembly had adopted a resolution on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in which it was demanded that the Bharat Ratna awarded to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi be withdrawn, but the AAP swiftly distanced itself from the reference to the Congress leader.

AAP MLA Jarnail Singh, while moving the resolution in the Assembly, had mentioned Gandhi's name while reading the text and demanded the Bharat Ratna to the Congress leader be withdrawn for "justifying anti-Sikh riots". But Later he said that though the reference to Gandhi in the resolution was not there in the written copies, it was made orally and passed by the House by voice vote.

The matter became a major crisis with AAP MLA Alka Lamba alleging she was "put under pressure" to support the resolution, which she resisted and boycotted. Lamba said she was ready to face "any consequences" and claimed she spoke to AAP supremo and CM Kejriwal who, she said, asked her to resign as MLA. "I am ready to do so", she said.

The former Youth Congress leader said, "After I staged a walkout, I got a message from the chief minister to tender my resignation,". When asked whether she will quit, Lamba added, "I have won on a party ticket. I will tender my resignation as demanded by the party."

Interestingly, the AAP later distanced itself from the resolution. Party spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj claimed the lines about the former prime minister were not part of the original text placed before the house and it was a handwritten amendment proposed by a member that cannot be passed in such a manner.



The Congress reacted sharply with its Delhi chief Ajay Maken saying Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed his life for the country and the true colours of AAP which is the "B team of BJP" has come out. While talking to ABP News, he said that CM Arvind Kejriwal should apologize.

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