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Kejriwal asked me to resign: Alka Lamba on Rajiv Gandhi's Bharat Ratna row

Alka Lamba said she was ready to face 'any consequences'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia arrive to present the Delhi government budget for 2018-19 in Delhi Assembly in New Delhi on Thursday
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia | PTI Photo

MLA said Friday night she will tender her resignation as "demanded" by Delhi Chief Minister over she not supporting a resolution in the assembly on revoking late PM Rajiv Gandhi's Bharat Ratna.

The Delhi Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in which it was demanded that the Bharat Ratna awarded to former prime minister be withdrawn, but the swiftly distanced itself from the reference to the Congress leader.

The matter became a major crisis with MLA alleging she was "put under pressure" to support the resolution, which she resisted and boycotted.

Lamba said she was ready to face "any consequences" and claimed she spoke to AAP supremo and CM Kejriwal who, she said, asked her to resign as MLA. "I am ready to do so", she said.

The Chandni Chowk MLA said she was not happy with the demand to take back Bharat Ratna from Gandhi and staged a walkout in protest.

Interestingly, the AAP later distanced itself from the resolution.

"After I staged a walkout, I got a message from the chief minister to tender my resignation," she told PTI.

When asked whether she will quit, Lamba added, "I have won on a party ticket. I will tender my resignation as demanded by the party," the former Youth Congress leader said.

In a tweet, she said, "I was asked to support the resolution demanding taking back the Bharat Ratna awarded to former Prime Minister Since I didn't agree to this, I staged a walk out. I am ready to accept whatever punishment given to me.

First Published: Sat, December 22 2018. 00:15 IST
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