The Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have finally given up their alliance talks for the Lok Sabha elections. The parties are now to contest solo and will field their candidates on all the seven seats of Delhi soon. The AAP said on Wednesday that it had rejected the deal put forward by Congress for sharing seats in Haryana which has 10 LS seats, all of which will go to polls on May 12, the same day as in Delhi.
Meanwhile, the AAP has already entered into a seat-sharing agreement with the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) in Haryana — three for AAP and the rest going to its ally.
AAP had declared on Wednesday that there will be no alliance with the Congress, following the Congress party’s Haryana-in charge Ghulam Nabi Azad saying that there will be no coalition with the party. The AAP, however, had insisted on a 6-3-1 formula, asking the Congress to give up another seat for the JJP. Senior AAP functionaries said this is where the deal remained stuck, and an alliance in Delhi would not happen unless both parties reach a consensus over the formula in Haryana.
There were talks on 18 seats from Delhi, Haryana, Punjab between the two parties. A crucial meeting had also taken place between the parties and a consensus had been reached that Congress and AAP will fight from five and two seats respectively in Delhi and six and four seats respectively in Haryana. But later, things turned upside down.
“The AAP will fight Delhi alone and with the JJP in Haryana. We tried a lot. I held discussions with Azad Ji, with Congress leader Ahmed Patel and PC Chacko, but it doesn’t look like the Congress wants to stop the BJP from winning in this elections. They have not agreed to our 6:3:1 seat-sharing pact in Haryana, despite the AAP agreeing to give the Congress three seats in Delhi,” Sanjay Singh said.
Earlier, the Congress had offered four Delhi seats to AAP to ensure the rout of BJP. However, in response to Congress’ offer, AAP leadership had also asked for three seats in Haryana and one in Chandigarh.