Hyderabad: Putting an end to speculation, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Alka Lamba, 43, on Friday announced her decision to leave the party. She tweeted saying “it was time to say goodbye.” Further, Ms Lamba requested Mr Arvind Kejriwal, AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister, to consider this as her resignation and accept it.
In her tweet, Ms Lamba termed AAP as ‘Khas Aadmi Party.’
@ArvindKejriwal Ji, your spokespersons asked me as per your desire, with the full arrogance that the Party will accept My resgination even on the Twitter.
So pls Kindly accept My resgination from the primary membership of the
“Aam Aadmi Party”, which is now a “Khas Aadmi Party”.
— Alka Lamba – अलका लाम्बा (@LambaAlka) September 6, 2019
On last Tuesday, she met with Congress president Sonia Gandhi. This almost confirmed returning to her old party ahead of state polls scheduled in 2020.
Political observers say that her decision was no surprise. Ms Lamba was hinting about leaving AAP for some time. Ms Lamba also expressed her intention to contest in the Delhi election as an independent candidate.
She was disenchanted with the AAP leadership. After meeting Ms Sonia Gandhi, she told the media that her discussions revolved around issues including the current political situation of the country.
Ms Lamba was with the Congress for 20 years before joining Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP in 2013. She won the Delhi election from Chandni Chowk.