AAP MLA Alka Lamba asked to resign over Anti-Sikh riots uproar

A resolution moved in Delhi Assembly in Delhi assembly seeking speedy trail into 1984 anti-Sikh riots has kicked off a major political row in the ruling Aam Admi Party (AAP).

Senior AAP leader and Chandinichowk MLA Alka Lamba was asked to resign from the party, yesterday, after a controversy erupted over a resolution in the Delhi Assembly seeking withdrawal of the Bharat Ratna awarded to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Protesting against brining issue of Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna in the resolution, she staged walked out from the assembly. “Today, there was a proposal in the assembly to seek withdrawal of Bharat Ratna award to former PM Rajiv Gandhi. In my speech in the House, I was asked to support this motion. I did not agree and staged a walk out of the House. Now I am ready to face whatever punishment,” she said in a tweet in Hindi.

There was also controversy on whether the resolution seeking withdrawal of Bharat Ratna from Gandhi was passed in the House. While Assembly secretariat officials and Leader of Opposition, senior BJP leader Vijender Gupta, said the resolution was passed on a voice vote, AAP leaders said that the part about Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna was “an amendment”, which had not been originally passed.

Moving the resolution, Jarnail Singh, AAP MLA from Tilak Nagar, said in the House Gandhi justified the riots by his statements. “This House also resolves that Centre should withdraw Bharat Ratna from the then acting PM Rajiv Gandhi,” read the lines in the resolution, which officials in the Delhi secretariat confirmed was adopted by the House.

However, later AAP distanced itself from the resolution. The party issued a clarification saying that the portion relating to the former PM cannot be considered a part of the resolution because it was “handwritten”.

“Lines about the late Rajiv Gandhi were not part of the resolution placed before the house and distributed among members. One MLA in his handwriting proposed an addition/amendment about the late Rajiv Gandhi. Amendments cannot be passed in this manner,” tweeted party MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj.

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