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22 Dec 2018

AAP-MLA Alka Lamba asked to resign over Rajiv Gandhi resolution-row

AAP-MLA Alka Lamba asked to resign over resolution-row

On Friday, the AAP-dominated Delhi Assembly passed a resolution suggesting Bharat Ratna should be stripped from former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as he failed to curb 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

But the controversial resolution, from which AAP swiftly distanced itself, has spelled trouble for MLA Alka Lamba, as she has been asked to quit.

Meanwhile, Congress has slammed AAP over the resolution.

Here's what happened.

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AAP-MLA Alka Lamba asked to resign over resolution-row
Why exactly are AAP and Lamba at loggerheads?

Rift

Why exactly are AAP and Lamba at loggerheads?

The resolution sought speedy trials and justice for victims but the reference to Rajiv Gandhi caught everyone's attention.

AAP has claimed there was no reference to him and it was Lamba's doing.

But the legislator from Chandni Chowk claimed she opposed the resolution as she understands the sacrifices Gandhi made for the nation.

Her stand on the resolution angered her colleagues, she claimed.

Two days of discussion later, resolution was passed

The text of the resolution, which was passed after discussion for two days, reportedly reads: This House also resolves that the Bharat Ratna awarded to former PM Rajiv Gandhi, who justified the 1984 massacre, be withdrawn by the Centre.

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Resolution

One resolution, two theories: What AAP leaders are saying

The resolution put AAP in hot waters and party spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj rushed to contain damage. He said the text related to Gandhi was handwritten, hence, couldn't be accepted.

But AAP MLA Jarnail Singh, who moved the resolution, didn't agree. He mentioned Gandhi's name and said the resolution was passed by House by voice vote.

Despite the 'technical shortcoming', the resolution stands passed, he said.

Sources claim Somnath Bharti and Lamba could face consequences

Possibilities

Sources claim Somnath Bharti and Lamba could face consequences

The resolution has also invited problems for Somnath Bharti, who could face disciplinary action, AAP sources told IE.

They opined if Bharti wanted to add something to the resolution, he should have approached the speaker.

"He just handed a note to Jarnail Singh, who read it out as part of the original resolution. Lamba caused confusion by talking about the resolution to reporters outside the House," the source said.

Meanwhile, Bharti defended himself on Twitter

Lamba's stand

Amid uproar, Lamba says she opposed the resolution

Notably, Lamba strongly opposed to what was being said about her. She maintained she didn't support stripping Gandhi of the honor.

"Rajiv Gandhi has sacrificed a lot for the country and I didn't support the proposal in Assembly of taking back his Bharat Ratna. I've been asked to resign because I stood against the decision of the party," she said.

Congress fumes at resolution, calls AAP BJP's B-team

Reaction

Congress fumes at resolution, calls AAP BJP's B-team

Quite understandably, Delhi Congress reacted sharply.

Ajay Maken tweeted, "Sh. Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed his life for the country. True colors of AAP have come out in the open! I have always believed that AAP is the B team of BJP! "AAP fielded candidates in Goa, Punjab, MP, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh just to cut the votes of Congress and help the BJP. (sic)"

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What is the resolution which Delhi assembly passed?

Asked on 22-12-2018 by Navya Saxena

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The Delhi assembly passed a resolution that Rajiv Gandhi should be stripped of Bharat Ratna as he failed to curb 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

What is Alka Lamba's role in the resolution?

Asked on 22-12-2018 by Angel Tambe

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AAP claimed Alka Lamba wanted to pass the resolution demanding action against Rajiv Gandhi but she had said she opposed the resolution.

What lies ahead for Alka Lamba?

Asked on 22-12-2018 by Surabhi Bose

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Alka Lamba has been asked to resign and she said she will quit the party.

Who moved the resolution in the assembly?

Asked on 22-12-2018 by Rakesh Jindal

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Jarnail Singh moved the resolution in the assembly.

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