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NEW DELHI: With the Aam Aadmi Party taking Delhi by storm in the December 4 assembly elections, many Congress and BJP activists are deserting their parties and joining the new party led by Arvind Kejriwal.
On Thursday, Alka Lamba, 38, once the national president of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) which is the student wing of the Congress, left the party and decided to join the Aam Aadmi Party.
She said she had devoted 20 years to the Congress in Delhi. But whenever she tried to bring the issues facing the common man to the notice of the top leaders, nobody bothered to listen to her.
“Only a handful of people sitting in closed rooms take decisions in the Congress while the Aam Aadmi Party consults the common man before taking any decision,’’ said Lamba who was the NSUI president in 1997.
“Unless the Congress changes drastically, it will face the same kind of humiliation that it faced in the Delhi elections,’’ said Lamba who met AAP leaders to seek the party’s membership.
In a tweet, Lamba said, “Time to say goodbye to Cong(ress) and its leadership after spending 20 years with them. Lastly I would say ‘thanks’ to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.”
Lamba had contested against Madan Lal Khurana of the BJP in the 2003 Delhi assembly elections and lost.
Delhi BJP activist leader Leena Sharma also officially joined the Aam Aadmi Party which, she said, had offered her a seat before the Delhi elections.