While Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit has on several occasions made it clear that the grand old party led by Rahul Gandhi will not come in alliance with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP in New Delhi in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, AICC in-charge PC Chacko on Friday claimed that there are "many" leaders in the party who are in favour of the tie-up.
Stating that the leadership in Delhi are willing to enter in an alliance in order to defeat BJP, Congress leader Chacho asserted that the final decision depends on the party president.
"I had said earlier also said that we should go for an alliance in Delhi. Best way to defeat BJP is to have an alliance with AAP in Delhi. I and many other people are of this opinion. There are many leaders and workers in Delhi Congress who are in favour of alliance with AAP. But a final call in this regard will be taken by party president Rahul Gandhi. We will submit our report on the survey result to him," said PC Chacko in the matter.
Even as former Delhi CM and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit has made her stand clear in the matter, Chako's statement has brought to light the cracks in the Delhi unit of the party weeks ahead of the Lok Sabha polls 2019.
Many senior Delhi Congress leaders also expressed their views in favour of alliance citing the need to defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha elections.Former Delhi Congress chief Subhash Chopra, who held the post during the Sheila Dikshit government, said that he will go by the decision of the party high command on the alliance issue.
"The party policy is that the BJP regime must be removed at any cost which is there for us to follow," Chopra told reporters.
Meanwhile, despite being snubbed by the Congress party in the national capital and Punjab, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday reached out to Rahul Gandhi seeking an alliance with his party for the state of Haryana for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.