Alliance talks between Rahul Gandhi led Congress party and Arvind Kejriwal led AAP for the sevel Lok Sabah seats in Delhi has been in the news since long. If it is about “agreement” one day, news about “disagreement” surfaces the next day. And several rounds of agreement and disagreement have already appeared and disappeared in the news space.
But the latest twist in this saga certainly raises eyebrows – a rare Twitter war between Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal on Monday, April 15.
It all began with the tweet of the Congress president, saying that Kejriwal has taken another U-turn on alliance, but claiming at the same time that party is keeping its door open.
In response, Kejriwal wondered “Which U-turn?” His tweet in Hindi accused Gandhi of making (unnecessary) statements, without any true desire for alliance. He also blamed the Congress president for dividing the anti-BJP votes in UP and other states, while “It is important to save the country from the danger of Modi-Shah”.
Congress and AAP leaders have been appearing together regularly on anti-BJP platforms, the latest being the press meet over EVM in Delhi two days ago. Then why suddenly did Rahul Gandhi have the urge to come on Twitter to against Kejriwal? Who were the target audience for his tweet? The BJP?
The DNA of the current BJP leadership in Delhi, led by Manoj Tiwari, seems to be rooted in optics rather than hard reality (remember the stunt in Army fatigue?). Such being the case, are Congress and AAP trying to project a “no alliance” picture in Delhi to fool the BJP into complacency?
Delhi goes to poll in the sixth phase on May 12, for which the nomination process ends on April 26. It is interesting to see if we get to hear about another round of talks on “alliance” between AAP and Congress.