The Aam Aadmi Party has decided to take action against its Chandni Chowk MLA Alka Lamba for “indiscipline”, for being “post hungry” and issuing “irresponsible statements”.
The party will decide on the nature of punishment after Saturday, and clarified the action was not directly linked with her anti-drug drive in Kashmere Gate on August 9, in which she was injured.
“As for the drives, we back her. But her irresponsible statements made a mockery of the party. She has also been found lobbying for various government posts,” said a party source.
Media reports on Thursday quoted Lamba as criticising the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), an AAP government body, for reacting later in her case. Lamba was also seen praising former DCW chief (a Congress appointee) Barkha Singh for her quick actions in such cases.
Party sources said when AAP’s law minister was recently arrested for cheating, Lamba wanted the job. But it went to Kapil Mishra. “Then she wanted to be Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman. This also did not happen. We could issue a warning; it could be a more stringent action,” said another party source.
When the skirmish happened on Sunday last, senior AAP leaders praised her. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Proud of you Alka.” She may now join a list of AAP MLAs facing action either from the party or the police. Lamba holds various positions.
She is AAP spokesperson, parliamentary secretary to Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra, and is associated with senior party leader Kumar Vishwas in AAP’s NRI fund-raising wing. Lamba is also known for her active role in Shahjahanad Redevelopment Corporation, set up to carry out infrastructure projects in Old Delhi. Lamba told MAIL TODAY: “I have no complaints against DCW. I never praised the panel’s former chief. I have not done anything to deserve any action.
But I’m ready for any course correction that the party suggests to me.” She also denied having lobbied for posts. During her anti-drug drive, a youth allegedly hit Lamba with a stone. The police arrested him but also booked the MLA for vandalism, an allegation she has denied. Lamba wanted the police to act against cops who she said were present there. She also wanted action against a local BJP MLA who allegedly threatened her and called her a drug addict. When the police “did not act on two of her complaints” she moved “her own DCW”, which in fact summoned her thrice but has not taken “any concrete action” against the “real culprits.”
However DCW is understood to have issued notices to the DCP North Delhi and Kashmere Gate SHO. DCW is headed by Swati Maliwal whose appointment was opposed by AAP’s political rivals but Arvind Kejriwal strongly supported her. “If Lamba had any issue, she could have raised it within the government or with party leaders. Making irresponsible statements is not on,” said a party