Delhi MLA and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member Alka Lamba has been temporarily removed from the position of party spokesperson, following her purported admission that fellow AAP MLA Gopal Rai was asked to step down from the post of Delhi transport minister in light of a scam in the department. Rai had stepped down from the post on Tuesday, June 14, citing health issues.
Lamba, following the party's decision, took to Twitter to deliver her reaction. She said she respects the party's decision to remove her from the post, and that if she had done anything wrong, she would atone for it, because she did not want the AAP's fight against corruption to be harmed because of her.
Lamba's statement regarding Kejriwal removing Rai from the post of Delhi transport minister had come outside the office of the Anti-Corruption Bureau office in Delhi, where Rai had presented himself in connection with the probe into irregularities in the Premium Bus Scheme, according to a report in the Indian Express. Rai had gone there the same day he had stepped down as Delhi transport minister, with the portfolio being given to Satyendar Jain.
The purported irregularities in the scheme â€” which involved a certain bus aggregator receiving more benefits than others â€” had been brought to the notice of the ACB by BJP MLA Vijender Gupta, according to a New Indian Express report.