Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have reportedly come together to fight the seven Lok Sabah seats in Delhi. The two parties entered into an agreement on Saturday, a week after Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit ruled out any pact with the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP.
Both the parties will contest three seats each and field a joint candidate in the seventh seat. Currently, all the seats are held by the BJP.
The development came after Congress’ Delhi in-charge PC Chacko’s intervention. It is also reported that Congress had sought the opinion of party workers about the alliance with AAP to which the majority of them responded positively.
Earlier, AAP had repeatedly requested the Congress for alliance ‘to defeat the BJP’. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had gone public with his frustration saying he was tired of waiting for Congress’s response. This had prompted a build up of pressure on the Congress as displayed on media that Congress’s reluctance to tie up with APP would only help the BJP.
However, the alliance between the two parties is limited to Delhi alone, the sources said.
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.