New Delhi: A day after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Alka Lamba insinuated that she was being distanced from the party, the AAP came up with a counter-claim on Tuesday.

Speaking to IANS, AAP spokesman Saurabh Bhardwaj said, “She wants to leave the party and is finding reasons for the same. The party has no intention to remove her… We even took back people after suspension when we found that they have changed.”

He also said, “You have to follow certain disciplines and decorum in the party or for that matter in any organisation.”

Following this, in a fiery reply hours later, Lamba tweeted,

(Neither me nor other MLAs in the party need to find reasons. Despite several reasons being there since long, other MLAs like me have been associated with the party. This has been seen as our weakness. Being a public representative, I will continue to work for the people.)

This comes amid apparent fallout that the Chandni Chowk MLA seems to have had with the party leadership since December last year.  In December 2018, Lamba had claimed that the Aam Aadmi Party had asked her to resign for protesting an alleged proposal seeking to revoke former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna.

The AAP had, however, rubbished her claims.

LAMBA IN LIMBO?

According to a PTI report, Lamba avowed that she was finding it difficult to discharge her duties as an MLA with the party trying to shun her.  The MLA also added that she has been removed from all official WhatsApp groups of AAP.

“Such things, like removing from WhatsApp groups, unfollowing on Twitter and not inviting in meetings make me feel that I deserve the same position and respect as other MLAs have. Otherwise, it will be very difficult for me to continue. I cannot compromise my self respect,” she said.

On the other hand, commenting on AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal ‘unfollowing’ her on Twitter, Saurabh Bharadwaj said it was purely the “Chief Minister’s choice who he wants to follow.”

NOT THE FIRST RUN IN

This is not the first run-in the Chandni Chowk MLA has had with her party. Lamba has been in a tumultuous relationship with the Aam Aadmi Party ever since she was removed as the spokesperson in 2016.

Lamba was reportedly expelled after she told the media that former transport minister Gopal Rai was asked to step down as chief minister Arvind Kejriwal wanted to ensure a fair probe into allegations of corruption against him.

‘NOT WITH CONGRESS’

For long now, Alka Lamba’s alleged rift with Aam Aadmi Party has given rise to speculation that she might join hands with Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha election this year.

Refuting all such allegations, the AAP leader told PTI, “It is being assumed that I am going to join the Congress though I have not uttered a word against the AAP or its leaders…”