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Will repent if I have done anything wrong: AAP’s Alka Lamba on suspension

In the wake of reports that she has been suspended as AAP spokesperson for being off-message, party legislator Alka Lamba said on Thursday she is ready to “repent” if she has committed any “mistake”.

delhi Updated: Jun 16, 2016 14:07 IST
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“I am a disciplined worker of party and respect its every decision. If I have done any mistake unknowingly, then I am ready to repent for it so that my party will not face any trouble in its fight against corruption,” Lamba tweeted.

In the wake of reports that she has been suspended as AAP spokesperson for being off-message, party legislator Alka Lamba said on Thursday she is ready to “repent” if she has committed any “mistake”.

“I am a disciplined worker of party and respect its every decision. If I have done any mistake unknowingly, then I am ready to repent for it so that my party will not face any trouble in its fight against corruption,” Lamba tweeted.

Read:AAP removes Alka Lamba as party spokesperson over comments on Rai

Sources said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has suspended Lamba, who represents Chandni Chowk in the Delhi assembly, from the post of party spokesperson for two months for “stepping out of party line”.

The decision came two days after Lamba deviated from the party line and told reporters that Delhi’s Transport Minister Gopal Rai had been “relieved” of the portfolio to make way for a fair probe into the Premium Bus Service scheme.

The party line had been that Gopal Rai was relieved of the transport portfolio for “health reasons”.

Lamba’s comment, on the other hand, suggested that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had asked Gopal Rai to step down to ensure a fair investigation into the alleged corruption in the Premium Bus Service scheme.

Well placed sources said these statement did not go down well with the party leadership.

“Her statement was in deviance from the established line taken over the issue by the government and the party. Her statement gave credence to the opposition’s voice,” a senior AAP leader said, adding the legislator has been informed about the party decision.

The Delhi government had issued a formal statement that Gopal Rai was relieved of the transport department on health grounds after he underwent a surgery to remove a bullet that was stuck in his spine for past two decades. The opposition however raised questions over the move, pointing out that Rai was still managing four other portfolios.

Well placed sources said these statement did not go down well with the party leadership.

“Her statement was in deviance from the established line taken over the issue by the government and the party. Her statement gave credence to the opposition’s voice,” a senior AAP leader said, adding the legislator has been informed about the party decision.

The Delhi government had issued a formal statement that Gopal Rai was relieved of the transport department on health grounds after he underwent a surgery to remove a bullet that was stuck in his spine for past two decades. The opposition however raised questions over the move, pointing out that Rai was still managing four other portfolios.

“Lamba deviated from the party as well as the government line on Rai’s stepping down. It has been made clear several times that Rai (was) asked to be relieved because of his health. The allegations made against him for the bus aggregator app policy are laughable and he did not step down because of them. It was not a matter of competence or corruption but of health. Rai is a very senior member of the party. He is part of the decision-making bodies in the party and is a very senior minister. It came as a shock to the government and the party that such comments had been made about his resignation,” said a senior AAP leader.

With inputs from Agencies