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Alka Lamba ready to resign from AAP in row over Rajiv Gandhi resolution

Last Modified Saturday, 22 December 2018 (13:57 IST)
New Delhi: (AAP) MLA has said she was asked 
to resign for not supporting a state Assembly resolution aimed at withdrawing late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's Bharat Ratna over his failure to curb the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. 
The courted political controversy over bringing a resolution in the Assembly on Friday over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. 
However, the AAP made a clarification later on the issue over the naming of the former Prime Minister in the resolution and claimed that it was not a part of the original resolution.Talking to a news channel over the issue of resignation from the party, Ms Lamba said, ''The party has asked for my resignation. I'm ready to resign but has sacrificed a lot for the country. I did not support the proposal in the assembly. I have been asked to resign because I spoke against the decision of the party.''
 
Reacting to the issue of resolution late last night, AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj in a tweet said, ''Lines about Late Rajiv Gandhi were not part of resolution placed before house and distributed to the members. One MLA in his handwriting proposed an addition/amendment about Late Rajiv Gandhi. Amendments cannot be passed in this manner.''
 
''The original resolution prepared by us has demands of declaring 1984 riots as genocide and creating a special law so that strict punishment can be given to perpetrators and fast track courts can be created for such heinous crimes,'' Mr Bharadhwaj said. 
 
Reacting to the issue late last night, AAP MLA Somnath Bharti in a series of tweets said, ''In connection with a dispute about a line on Sri Rajiv Gandhi in the resolution passed in Assembly today, I confirm that the line was not part of original resolution distributed to MLAs n it was me who suggested the line as an amendment n passed on to Sri Jarnail Singh Ji.''
 
''Jarnail ji didn't propose that amendment n never put that 4 vote. Amendments r always put to vote separately n unless passed, that can't form part of passed resolution. 1st I talked of this in my speech n then suggested this amendment n party had no opportunity to see same,'' the AAP MLA said.
 
''I further clarify that amendment I proposed was not put to vote as an amendment n hence there is no question of passing the same. Hope this answers the dispute conclusively,'' he added.Reacting to the Bharat Ratna row, Delhi Congress leader Ajay Maken in a tweet said, ''Sh. Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed his life for the country. True colours of AAP have come out in the open! I have always believed that AAP is the B team of BJP! AAP fielded candidates in Goa, Punjab, MP, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh just to cut the votes of Congress and help the BJP.''(UNI)
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