Congress on Sunday clarified that the party hasn’t held any meetings or discussions with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) or any other parties in Haryana and Punjab for forming an alliance. Congress also cleared that they will soon declare their candidates for the two states.
Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala was referring to a comment made by an AAP leader that the party will firm up an alliance with the Congress in Delhi only if Rahul Gandhi’s party agrees to fight the Lok Sabha polls jointly in Haryana and Chandigarh too.
“There’s no talk on an alliance with any party, including the AAP, either in Haryana or in Punjab. We are soon going to declare our candidates (for the two states),” said Surjewala.
He also added that the party hasn’t taken a final call on forming the alliance with the AAP in Delhi.
“The party is yet to reach a decision on forging an alliance with the AAP in Delhi,” he said on Sunday at a press conference where he released the campaign slogan of Congress for the 2019 Lok Sabha Polls. The slogan reads, “Ab Hoga Nyay”.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday had discussed the possibilities of forming an alliance in a meeting with his party leaders from the city in Gandhi’s residence.
Delhi Congress president and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and in-charge of the party’s national capital unit P C Chacko and some other senior leaders were present at the meeting.
However, on Saturday, Times of India quoted HPCC president Ashok Tanwar and ex-CM Bhupinder Hooda, saying that there was no need for an alliance in the state.
“This could be an issue for New Delhi, in Haryana we are confident of a clean sweep in Lok Sabha elections. We have already conveyed this to high command,” said Hooda.