Ending weeks of “will they, won’t they”, on Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi had refused to form an alliance with Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi for April-May National Election.
CM Kejriwal was on his way back from Visakhapatnam, where he had joined an opposition rally yesterday when reporters enquired at the airport about Delhi’s Congress Chief Sheila Dikshit’s comment that she was never asked by AAP for an alliance.
He said, “We have met Rahul Gandhi. Sheila Dikshit is not that important a leader.”
CM Kejriwal was quoted saying, “There is nothing on the alliance with Congress. We had one meeting with Rahul Gandhi, where he refused to have an alliance with AAP.”
On Sunday, Arvind Kejriwal has campaigned for Chandrababu Naidu at a grand rally in Andhra Pradesh. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was also present at the rally.
AAP further claims that over the past few weeks that it was interested in a tie-up with Congress in the national capital Delhi to put up a strong battle against the centre-ruling BJP. however, the party alleged was unwilling to set aside over two of Delhi’s 7-seats for Congress, which in 2009, had won all 7-seats from Delhi but was removed in 2014 Modi wave.
Delhi’s Congress leaders were divided over an alliance with state-ruling AAP. Ms. Dikshit and three party’s working Chief has objected to it considering “long term repercussions”, reports the top party sources.
Ms. Dikshit’s 15-years Congress government in Delhi has ended with the rise of AAP, which scored high in its very first election, Delhi Elections in 2015. In Delhi, Congress believes that the AAP has gained at its cost and any alliance with CM Kejriwal’s party has no advantage for Congress.
The sources said that “the biggest question is how the Congress will face the AAP in Assembly elections due in 2020 after the tie-up. Also, the party does not gain much politically as it is being offered only 2-3 seats by Mr. Kejriwal.”
Talked about Congress-AAP alliance followed from the month that in 2014, while BJP had won all 7-seats, it had secured fewer votes than the two political parties put together.
On May 12, Delhi will vote in the sixth phase of the election, which will continue till May 19. The vote will be counted on May 23.