Hours after Congress snubbed Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) denying alliance in Delhi weeks ahead of Lok Sabha polls, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has questioned Rahul Gandhi's decision in the matter, saying that this will 'only split anti-BJP votes' in the national capital.
Taking to social media on Tuesday, the former Jammu and Kashmir CM posted a tweet in which she said that she 'failed to understand why Congress and AAP did not stitch a pre-poll alliance'.
She went on claim that regional parties will play as the 'kingmaker' in the government 'regardless of which party wins the 2019 polls, adding that expectations are high from Congress to build momentum in the wake of massive victory in three states during November-December Assembly elections.
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Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit earlier on Tuesday cleared the air on the speculation over Cong-AAP alliance for 2019 polls, saying that the party's Delhi leadership has unanimously decided against the gathbandhan with AAP in the national capital.
The decision was taken by the party leaders after the meeting with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. Addressing the media following meeting, former Delhi CM Sheila Dixit said,
"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."
Furthermore, Aam Aadmi Party on March 2 announced the names of party candidates on six of seven seats in Delhi for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Addressing the media briefing, Delhi AAP convener Gopal Rai said Atishi will contest from East Delhi, Guggan Singh from North-West Delhi, Raghav Chadha from South, Dilip Pandey from North-East, Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk and Brijesh Goyal will contest from New Delhi seats.
After Rahul Gandhi's party snubbed AAP, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a tweet, went on to allege that there are 'rumours' that 'Congress has some secret understanding with BJP in Delhi'. He also went on to allege that Congress is helping BJP by 'splitting anti-BJP votes'. Furthermore, speaking about an alleged 'Cong-BJP alliance in Delhi, Kejriwal claimed to defeat 'this unholy alliance'.