The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has removed its Chandni Chowk MLA, Alka Lamba, from the post of party spokesperson for deviating from the official line while commenting on the resignation of former Delhi transport minster, Gopal Rai.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday after Rai and AAP legislators met the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) chief in connection with the complaint against app-based premium bus service, Lamba said the Delhi chief minister told Rai to step down to make way for a fair probe.
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.