Alka Lamba,the former national president of Congresss student wing,National Students Union of India (NSUI),quit the party on Thursday to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP),ending her 20-year association with the Congress.
Her Twitter page said,Time to say goodbye to Cong(ress) and its leadership after spending 20 years with them. She also thanked Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Speaking to reporters outside the AAP office,Lamba said there were some people in the Congress who took decisions behind closed doors,as opposed to AAP,which consulted the people.
AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said besides Lamba,a few BJP leaders including Delhi leader Teena Sharma had expressed their desire to join AAP.
We told them to take a general membership,which is open to anyone who is not a part of another political party. All they have to do is to pay a fee of Rs 10, Yadav said.
To become a senior member in the party,Yadav claimed,an individual would have to devote time and effort working at the grassroot level. To be an active member,one has to work within the party for four months and after that the party leadership decides on the membership. This applies to everyone, he added.
Sources in the Congress said Lambas exit stemmed from her decreasing importance within the party. She was removed from the fact-finding team of the National Commission for Women after she had allegedly revealed the identity of the victim of the Guwhati molestation case during a press conference,sources said.
In 1995,Lamba had been elected president of the DU Students Union. After two years,she was elected national president of NSUI.