Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Friday indicated that his party would not be part of the Opposition ranks to defeat the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party government in 2019. Saying this, he gave a huge jolt to the opposition efforts to stitch a federal alliance in preparation for the upcoming general election.
Speaking to reporters in Rohtak, Kejriwal said, " Our party will not be part of any alliance in 2019."
He also pointed out that his party would contest the Haryana Assembly and Lok Sabha elections from all seats next year.
Till recently, the Aam Aadmi Party was considered to be among the Opposition ranks for the master strategy plan out for 2019.
Kejriwal, who rose to power after continuously lashing at the Congress, then in power; was seen trying to cosy up with the latter, indicating a massive shift in the party's political stand.
Last month, Kejriwal was among the few Opposition leaders to welcome Rahul Gandhi’s decision to hug Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the no-confidence motion debate in Parliament.
CM Kejriwal was also present at the oath-taking ceremony of Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, along with a dozen other opposition leaders showcasing unity among its ranks.
It was speculated that the AAP and Congress would stitch a formidable alliance in preparation for the Assembly and general elections to be held next year.
But the repeated snubs by Delhi Congress may have bolstered Kejriwal, to reconsider his decision.
AAP leader Sanjay Singh had alleged, "The Congress is the biggest obstacle in Opposition unity. The Congress party takes the AAP for granted."
The AAP on Thursday had also abstained from voting in favour of the Opposition candidate for the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha election, claiming the Congress did not approach them for support and they couldn't support the NDA.