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AAP legislator Alka Lamba asked to quit party after row over withrawal of Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna

Earlier, Alka Lamba had tweeted about her walkout from Delhi Assembly over the issue. She said that she is ready to face any action taken by the party. 


New Delhi| AAP legislator and party spokesperson Alka Lamba has reportedly been ‘asked’ to quit the party following a row over Delhi assembly resolution demanding withdrawal of Bharat Ratna from Rajiv Gandhi. On Friday, Delhi assembly passed the resolution citing Rajiv Gandhi’s failure to curb violence during 1984 Anti-Sikh riots.

However, the two versions of the incident have come to fore. While the AAP maintains that she was adamant on passing the resolution, Lamba says it is her opposition to the proposal that has angered the party colleagues. Talking to a news agency, Lamba said, “Party has asked for my resignation.I’m ready to resign but Rajiv Gandhi has sacrificed a lot for country & I didn’t support the proposal in Assembly of taking back his Bharat Ratna. I’ve been asked to resign because I stood against the decision of the party.”

Earlier, Lamba had tweeted about her walkout from Delhi Assembly over the issue. She said that she is ready to face any action taken by the party.


The resolution moved by AAP MLA Jarnail Singh was passed by a voice vote in the House.

“The Delhi government should “strongly” convey in writing to the Union Home Ministry (MHA) that justice continues to elude the families and near-dear ones of the victims of the worst “genocide” in the history of India’s national capital”, the resolution said.

The House directed the government to impress upon the MHA that it should take all important and necessary steps to specifically include crimes against humanity and genocide in India’s domestic criminal laws, as recommended by the Delhi High Court in its recent landmark judgment sentencing Sajjan Kumar and other convicts to life imprisonment.

Issuing a clarification on the matter, another AAP legislator and party spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj  issued a clarification. He tweeted, that lines about Late Rajiv Gandhi were not part of resolution placed before house and distributed to the members. “One MLA in his handwriting proposed an addition/amendment about Late Rajiv Gandhi. Amendments cannot be passed in this manner,” Bharadwaj said.

Another AAP leader Somnath Bharti too came forward to clarify the incident. He said that the amendment of withdrawal of Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna was proposed by him. He tweeted, “I further clarify that amendment I proposed was not put to vote as an amendment n hence there is no question of passing the same. Hope this answers the dispute conclusively.”



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