Hopes for the Congress- Aam Aadmi Party alliance is still in uncertainty as the Congress announced on Sunday that it was not in talks with the AAP or any other party for an alliance in Haryana and Punjab, and will soon declare its candidates for the two states.
On Saturday itself, Aam Aadmi Party seniors had clarified that any offer of an alliance in Delhi by the Congress would not be accepted unless reciprocal seat sharing in Haryana and a public announcement of “open” support to the demand for full statehood for Delhi, which is the central point of AAP’s Lok Sabha campaign, is also on the plate. The party had asked for Faridabad, Gurgaon and Karnal seats in Haryana.
Days after the news that Congress is going solo in Delhi, there had been further talks to consider an alliance with Aam Aadmi Party. Congress president Rahul Gandhi discussed the matter again with senior Congress party leaders from the city on last Saturday. In the press conference held to announce Congress’ campaign slogan for 2019 polls “Ab Hoga Nyay”, party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the party is yet to reach a decision on stitching an alliance with the AAP in the national capital.
The meeting was held at Rahul Gandhi’s residence, with members including former Delhi chief minister and party president of the territory Sheila Dikshit, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and in-charge of the party’s national capital unit P C Chacko and other senior leaders. Opposition leaders like Sharad Pawar have been urging the two parties to form an alliance for some time now. If the alliance comes up, it is assumed that Congress is likely to ask for seats in New Delhi, Chandni Chowk and North West Delhi.
Though the Congress is yet to declare its candidates for Delhi, AAP had announced its candidates last month.