Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Alka Lamba quit the party today with a tweet saying it was “time to say good-bye”. Earlier this week, she had met with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, setting off speculation that she would return to her old party ahead of state polls next year.
“The time has come to say ‘Good Bye’ to #AAP and to resign from the primary membership of the party. The past six years’ journey was a great learning for me. Thanks to all,” Alka Lamba tweeted.
The move was no surprise; she had talked about leaving AAP for some time and had even declared she would contest the Delhi election as an independent candidate.
Disenchanted for some time with the AAP leadership, Ms Lamba, 43, had met with Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday. She had told reporters then that her discussions revolved around issues including the current political situation of the country.
Ms Lamba had been with the Congress for 20 years before she joined Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP in 2013. She won the Delhi election from Chandni Chowk.
After the party’s drubbing in Delhi in the national election earlier this year, Ms Lamba had riled her AAP bosses by demanding accountability from Arvind Kejriwal. She was then removed from the official WhatsApp group of party MLAs.
Ms Lamba openly disagreed with AAP over its decision to pass a resolution last year to revoke former prime minister and Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna. She had raised objections to the party’s resolution and said she was ready to face any punishment for defying her leaders on this.