AAP Demands MLA Alka Lamba's Resignation In Row Over Rajiv Gandhi Resolution

| December 22 , 2018 , 14:03 IST

The Delhi Assembly on December 21, adopted a resolution in which it demanded the withdrawal of Bharat Ratna awarded to Rajiv Gandhi, over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, which it termed as a "genocide".

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

But the matter became a major crisis when AAP MLA Alka Lamba said she was "put under pressure" to support the resolution, which she resisted and boycotted.

Lamba was asked to resign from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday, hours after the party denied passing a state assembly resolution apparently aimed at diminishing late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's Bharat Ratna over his failure to curb the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

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The AAP MLA said she will tender her resignation as "demanded" by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for not supporting a resolution in the assembly.

Speaking to media Lamba said, “I have been asked to resign due to my stand against the resolution. For the last two days, the discussion was going on in the assembly over the 1984 riots. Today, a party line came to Somnath Bharti that demand for withdrawal of Bharat Ratna to Rajiv Gandhi should be raised. Bharti mentioned it in his speech. After that, I had to speak. I said I will not support it."

She further added, "After my speech, Jarnail Singh spoke and repeated the demand. So I walked out of the House in opposition to the party stand. I am ready to make the sacrifice.”

Earlier, a former Congress MP, Sajjan Kumar has quit the party following his conviction in a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that followed the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Rajiv Gandhi, who took over the reins of the Congress party and the government following his mother's demise, was posthumously awarded Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award, in 1991.