Lamba in July 2012
|MLA of Delhi Legislative Assembly|
|Preceded by||Parlad Singh Sawhney|
21 September 1975 |
New Delhi, India
Alka Lamba (born 21 September 1975) is an Indian politician. After serving the Indian National Congress in various capacities for more than 20 years, she quit to join the AAP on 26 December 2014. In February 2015, Lamba was elected to the Delhi Legislative Assembly from Chandni Chowk.
Lamba began her career as a student leader, and is former President of Delhi University Students Union, former National President of National Students Union of India, former General Secretary of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee and former Secretary of All India Congress Committee. Lamba is Chairperson of NGO 'Go India Foundation'.
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Lamba was born on 21 September 1975 into a Delhi-based Punjabi Hindu Jat family, the daughter of Amar Nath Lamba and his wife Raj Kumari Lamba. She completed her schooling from Government Girls Senior Secondary School No. 1, Delhi. Then she studied at Dyal Singh College and St. Stephen's College (both within Delhi University), earning an MSc in Chemistry as well as an MEd.
Lamba was only 19 years old when she began her political career in 1994 as a second year B.Sc. student. She joined the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of the Congress party and was promptly given the responsibility of being Delhi State Girl Convener. After one year in 1995, she contested the Delhi University Students Union(DUSU) election for the post of President and won by a huge margin. In 1996, she worked as All India Girl Convener for NSUI and in 1997 she was appointed as the President of all India NSUI.
In 2002, she was appointed as the General Secretary of All India Mahila Congress. In 2003, she unsuccessfully contested Delhi Assembly elections from Moti Nagar Constituency against the senior BJP leader Shri Madan Lal Khurana. In 2006 she became a member of All India Congress Committee (AICC) and appointed as General Secretary of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC). At the same time she was also appointed as Vice Chairperson of National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD), autonomous body of Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. She was a Secretary All India Congress Committee (AICC) at the Indian National Congress from 2007 to 2011. She left Indian National Congress in December 2013 to join Aam Aadmi Party. In February 2015, Lamba contested in Delhi Legislative Assembly election from Chandni Chowk constituency on Aam Aadmi Party's ticket. She defeated her nearest rival Suman Kumar Gupta of Bharatiya Janata Party by margin of 18,287 votes.
Lamba has visited UK, Russia, US, China, Venezuela to attend seminars and give speeches about women empowerment, Human Rights and Sustainable Development in third world nations. In 2005, Lamba visited Venezuela to attend World Festival of Youth and Students. In 2006, she visited USA to attend conference on International women leadership program. In 2007 and 2008, she visited London to attend UN's International Widows Day and tourism and cultural festival. In 2008–2009, Lamba visited Nepal to attend seminar on Disaster Management Program. In 2010, Lamba travelled across Brunei, Singapore, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Maldives with the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay.
In August 2015, a few months after she had been elected MLA for the Chandni Chowk constituency, Lamba was charged with vandalism and destruction of property in an incident which occurred within her own constituency. On 10 August 2015, a mob armed with lathis, swagger sticks and cricket bats attacked and badly vandalized a liquor shop located in the Kashmere Gate area of old Delhi. CCTV footage recorded in a camers shows Alka Lamba leading the attack and vandalising the shop along with her supporters. The footage shows Alka Lamba reaching straight for the shop counter and violently pushing and spilling and throwing away the items on the counter. Following this, her supporters also vandalised the shop. According to reports, this happened because the shopkeeper was a BJP supporter and had objected to the AAP defacing his shop windows with posters eulogising Lamba and her party.
Representing National Commission for Women on 16 July 2012, as one of the member of the enquiry team of 2012 Guwahati molestation case, Lamba met the victim of Guwahati molestation case, held a press-conference and revealed the victim's identity. The 'tip-off' made local media houses work overtime to find the victim's real identity. Some TV channels interviewed the victim's neighbours to come to the conclusion that the girl's name was not what she was forced to say by the channel that recorded her molestation and near-stripping. Such acts of hers were widely criticised. Following this, she was removed from the fact-finding committee of NCW.
Lamba started a non-governmental organisation 'Go India Foundation' in 2006 with the aim of empowering women and youth and encourage them to take part in political, social and economic development of India. The NGO deals mainly with women's issues. The organisation arranged blood donation campaign in 250 districts of India on 15 August 2010, 63rd Independence Day of India with aim to collect 63000 unit blood and made a record when over 65,000 people donated blood in one day throughout the nation and worldwide. The campaign was promoted by famous Bollywood personalities including Salman Khan, Ritesh Deshmukh, and Dia Mirza. On the appeal by Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and many Bollywood celebreties had donated blood to make the campaign successful. Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin had also appreciated and extended his support to this blood donation campaign.
Awards and honours
- 2018: MLA OF THE YEAR by Dainik Prayukti
- Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award in the field of working for Women cause (2008–2009)
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