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.’

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.

Dasari Sreenivasa Rao

Dasari Sreenivasa Rao is a freelance journalist with 26 years of mainstream media experience in Hyderabad and Dubai. He was Business Editor at The Pioneer and Spl Correspondent at Deccan Chronicle and The Hans India. Earlier, he worked for prestigious media brands including ToI, Indian Express (Bombay) and SPG Media and Business Standard in Hyderabad. NSE-qualified Dasari specializes in derivatives trading. He was visiting faculty at IGNOU and handled two batches of journalism students. Dasari is passionate about business journalism and always suggests all to practice rigorous meditation that ensures peace of mind and helps in moving up the value chain.

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