Hours after resigning from the Aam Aadmi Party, Alka Lamba rejoined the Congress party on Friday. The Chandni Chowk MLA took to micro-blogging site Twitter to announce that she will join the grand old party in the presence of party chief Sonia Gandhi.
After the Aam Aadmi Party’s defeat in the Lok Sabha polls and she had sought accountability from party chief Arvind Kejriwal following and was removed from the official WhatsApp group of its lawmakers.
She did so at Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath home. There she had gone earlier this week for a meeting. She set off speculation that she would return to her old party ahead of the Delhi polls next year.
A former Congress leader, Alka Lamba had quit the party to join AAP and won the 2015 Assembly election from Chandni Chowk. Days before the rejoining Congress, she had met Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday.
Lamba also refused to campaign for the party in the Lok Sabha polls and even refrained from participating in Kejriwal’s roadshow after she was asked to walk behind his car during the event.
She had told reporters then that her discussions revolved around issues including the current political situation of the country.
Ms Lamba had been with the Congress for 20 years before she joined Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP in 2013. She won the Delhi election from Chandni Chowk.
The disgruntled MLA bid “goodbye” to AAP after a six-year journey on Friday.
The move was no surprise; she had been talking about leaving AAP for some time and had even declared she would contest the Delhi election as an independent candidate.
“The time has come to say “Good Bye” to AAP and to resign from the primary membership of the Party. The past 6 years journey was a great learning for me. Thanks to all,” she tweeted.