To say that the Aam Aadmi Party hasn't taken well to being spurned by the Congress would be an understatement.
Hours after Congress-AAP negotiations for a pre-poll alliance in New Delhi ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls ended in naught, with Sheila Dikshit apparently putting her foot down and insisting that Arvind Kejriwal was 'unreliable', in a meeting at party president Rahul Gandhi's residence, the AAP has taken to Twitter to carry forward Kejriwal's allegation that the Congress is in cahoots with the BJP.
This is the AAP's warning tweet to the people of Delhi:
And here is another tweet that depicts how the Congress had been extended a hand of friendship by the Aam Aadmi Party but turned it down despite being deserted by one and all.
Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal was the first to make the sensational allegation, claiming that the Congress was helping the BJP by splitting the anti-BJP vote. He repeated what he said were 'rumours' that the Congress has a secret understanding with the BJP but that the people of Delhi will defeat the 'unholy alliance'.
Kejriwal's diatribe had come minutes after the Congress Delhi chief, Sheila Dikshit, had announced that her party had unanimously decided that it would not ally with the AAP for the upcoming general elections. As per inputs, the Congress had demanded four out of the seven seats on offer, whereas the AAP wanted four for itself. In the 2014 elections, the BJP had won all seven of the seats.
"In the meeting we have unanimously decided against gathbandhan with the Aam Aadmi Party. The decision was taken before Rahul Gandhi so it is final. There is no alliance", Sheila Dikshit said.
The inability to strike a deal with regards to seat-sharing in Delhi isn't the first time such a thing has happened to the Congress party in recent months. The most significant example of this was in Uttar Pradesh - India's most electorally significant state - where the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party struck an alliance but without the Congress as a result of which Rahul Gandhi took the plunge by finally inducting his sister Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra into the Congress fold, appointing her as the party general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East.