Days after Congress dumped the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP party for alliance in Delhi for 2019 polls, party president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday finally broke his silence on the breaking development. While Congress has come in alliance with prominent parties in crucial states in the country weeks ahead of Lok Sabha polls, it ditched the AAP party citing the decision to be unanimous by the national capital's top party leadership.
Speaking over the announcement, Rahul Gandhi said that Congress's alliances across the country were "on track" but its Delhi unit was unanimously against any tie-up with the Aam Aadmi Party.
"If you see, our alliances have been finalised in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand. In Delhi, our party unit was unanimously against the alliance. But overall alliances are on track," Gandhi said, when asked about the party not tying up with AAP in Delhi.
Amid the party's "unanimous" decision against the tie-up with Arvind Kejriwal-led party, a sulking AAP has been accusing the Congress of "helping" the BJP by doing so. Meanwhile, other opposition parties appear keen on forming alliances with Congress in multiple states to ensure that there is no division of the anti-BJP votes to defeat the ruling party in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
However, there are reports suggesting that the Opposition parties have been pushing Congress for forming an alliance in Delhi.
Congress party on Thursday released the first list of 15 candidates selected to contest the upcoming polls in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. While Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will be contesting from his existing seat Amethi, UPA chief Sonia Gandhi will contest elections from her bastion Rae Bareli.
Prior to this development, Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party announced an alliance in the state while keeping the grand old party out of their gathbandhan, and leaving only two seats Amethi and Rae Bareli for the Congress party.
(With agency inputs)