Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday pleaded Arvind Kejriwal for a Cong-AAP alliance in the National capital. Taking to Twitter, he said if Congress joins hand with AAP in Delhi it would mean the rout of the BJP. He also added that even though Congress' doors are still open, AAP chief has made yet another U-turn.
With speculation of an alliance between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress refusing to die down, AAP moved its campaign up a notch for the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, holding nine public meetings on Monday. Having announced candidates for all seven Lok Sabha seats of Delhi last month, the AAP has been campaigning across the city for weeks now. But AAP leaders, as well as some in the Congress, have kept the possibility of an alliance open.
Responding to a question about recent reports of the Congress offering a 4-3 seat-sharing arrangement in Delhi, AAP Delhi convenor Gopal Rai said:
“Which formula? The one that is running on TV? TV channels are reporting that Congress has offered 3-3-1 or 4-3 in Delhi, three seats in Haryana and zero seats in Punjab. If they are giving zero seats, how is that an offer?”
Earlier, the Congress will not form an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in the national capital for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit told reporters on Tuesday.
"A unanimous decision has been taken that there will be no alliance in Delhi," Dikshit had said.
The announcement by the former Delhi chief minister came following a meeting with Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
AAP MP Sanjay Singh also spke on alliance with Congress:
"In Punjab, we've 4 MPs and 20 MLAs and Congress doesn’t want to share seats there. The same situation is in Haryana, Goa and Chandigarh. In Delhi, where they don’t have any MLA or MP, they're demanding three seats. So, this alliance is not possible. The Congress is not in favour of alliance and it seems they want to benefit the BJP. AAP will contest and win all seven seats in Delhi," he had said.