No alliance with AAP, says Sheila Dikshit

Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit has declared that Congress wouldn’t join hands with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Arvind Kejriwal for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Mrs Dikshit made the announcement immediately after the meeting of Congress leaders on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by party president Rahul Gandhi.

She said: “There will be no alliance with AAP. The decision was taken unanimously.”  Her statement is significant amid speculations that Congress and AAP would come together to defeat the BJP in the upcoming polls, as AAP president and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal shared the stage of Maha Ghatabandan (mega alliance) of several political parties, which have declared that preventing the BJP from returning to power is their only aim.

A few days ago Arvind Kejriwal had said that he was tired of waiting for Congress to form an alliance with his party, in Delhi’s seven Lok Sabha seats. His statement was viewed by analysts as a sign desperation as AAP has lost the ground significantly compared to 2015 when the party won 67 of 70 assembly seats to form the government (of the union territory). A couple of days ago, AAP went ahead and finalized candidates for six Lok Sabha seats.



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