Rebel AAP MLA Alka Lamba meets Sonia Gandhi

As 2020 assembly elections in Delhi are due early next year, disgruntled Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Alka Lamba, today, met Congress and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence, giving a hint of joining Congress party.

Earlier in August, Alka Lamba said that she has made up her mind to quit the party and is considering contesting the upcoming Delhi assembly elections as an independent candidate. The AAP, however, called it just a “publicity stunt”.

Lamba, the AAP’s Chandni Chowk legislator, said she had been disrespected by the party on several occasion. “I am not called to meetings. I am insulted repeatedly. I spent 20 years in the Congress and even there I struggled with family politics but in the AAP I do not get the basic respect,” she claimed.

“I have made up my mind to quit the party and will make an official announcement on August 4 if I would contest independently or not,” she added. “The day I spend the money allocated to me for the development work of my assembly, the next day I will quit the party,” she said.

AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj, however, called her a “chronic attention seeker”. “Alka Lamba is a serial attention seeker. She has declared many times in the past about quitting the party but she is scared of losing her MLA seat. If she had to resign, she should send a resignation letter to party leadership, which she has not some. Declaring to media is just theatrics,” he added.

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