The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday night suspended MLA Alka Lamba as party spokesperson for two months, after she told reporters that Transport Minister Gopal Rai had been “relieved” of the portfolio to ensure a fair probe into the Premium Bus Service scheme.
Notably, AAP leader Gopal Rai had on Tuesday said that he had quit as Delhi’s Transport Minister on health grounds and denied if it had anything to do with corruption charges hurled at him.
“I am a disciplined worker of party and respect its every decision. If I have done any mistake unknowingly, then I am ready to repent for it so that my party will not face any trouble in its fight against corruption,” Lamba tweeted.
Sources said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has suspended Lamba, who represents Chandni Chowk in the Delhi assembly, from the post of party spokesperson for two months for “stepping out of party line”.
On June 14, Gopal Rai had quit as transport minister citing his health, even as the opposition BJP and Congress termed it a fallout of the ACB’s investigation.
Rai refuted the allegations levelled by the opposition parties saying that he quit solely on health grounds.
“Some people are spreading rumour that I have resigned due to Premium Bus Scheme. There has been no corruption in this scheme and my resignation has no connection with it,” the former transport minister tweeted.
The portfolio of the transport department has now been given to his cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain, who already holds key portfolios of PWD, health, power and home.