After serving the Indian National Congress (INC) in various capacities for more than 20 years, Alka Lamba quit the grand old party to join the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party in December 2014. However, within 5 years of being in AAP, Lamba grew disillusioned with the party leadership and finally resigned from the party in September 2019 after rumbling for over a year that she would leave the party. Today, the MLA from the Chandni Chowk joins Congress fold in presence of party leader, PC Chacko.
Delhi: Alka Lamba, MLA from Chandni Chowk joins Congress in presence of party leader, PC Chacko. pic.twitter.com/prlC5InsF3
— ANI (@ANI) October 12, 2019
Last month, Alka Lamba had taken to Twitter to inform her followers that she had given her resignation from the AAP party. Lamba had tweeted in early September that it is time to bid farewell to the party and give up its primary membership. Days after her tweet, Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel had on September 19 disqualified Lamba from the House. Today, in the presence of PC Chacko, Alka Lamba joins Congress.
Before her resignation last month, Alka Lamba had gained the notoriety of announcing her resignation arbitrarily without actually submitting it. Her threats of resignation were so pervasive that senior leaders in AAP were ready to accept her resignation but she was yet to officially tender her resignation. AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj had stated that Lamba has ‘announced’ her impending resignation over a dozen times but is yet to actually resign. He had added that the party will accept her resignation even on Twitter.
A former President of Delhi University Students’ Union, Lamba began her career as a student leader and also served as the National President of the National Students’ Union of India. She had also offered her services as General Secretary of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee and Secretary of All India Congress Committee.
Alka Lamba’s relations with AAP had turned sour when in last December Arvind Kejriwal had allegedly asked her to resign from the party after her refusal to support party’s resolution on Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna. Earlier this year, Lamba had claimed that proposal of joining Congress would be a matter of respect for her.