AAP-Congress alliance in Delhi, Haryana to be announced today

Rahul-Arvind Kejriwal

The Hush Post| 10:14 am|two-minute-read|       

Here is another flip-flop, probably the last in the AAP and Congress electoral get together for the 2019 polls. The two parties have reportedly reached a consensus. They could declare tying up for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

AICC general secretary in-charge of Delhi Congress, PC Chacko said: “I am in consultation with Congress party leaders in Delhi on the possibilities of forging an alliance with AAP.”

“The Congress Working Committee has decided to align with like-minded parties across the country to defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha elections. I hope Delhi Congress leaders also go by this sentiment and decide on an alliance with AAP, but a final decision will be taken by the Congress president very soon,” Chacko said.

Chacko’s views were at variance with Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit, who has made it clear that aligning with AAP will not be in the party’s interests keeping in view the assembly election in the national capital slated later.

Sources in both the parties said the Congress and AAP are likely to join hands in Delhi and Haryana.

The Congress decided to include the demand for full statehood to Delhi in its manifesto. The two, however, deferred a decision on Punjab. There are reports that CM Capt Amarinder Singh was not in favour of an alliance in the state.
Sources said the Congress leadership is also in talks with AAP leaders and senior leaders within the party are trying to convince the Delhi Congress for an alliance with the Arvind Kejriwal-led party.

The development comes even as AAP leader Gopal Rai reiterated that the AAP will contest alone, and now it’s too late to join hands. “The manner in which Congress is divided in Delhi, it is harming itself and if we kill time with the Congress, the effort against ‘tanashahi’ will be weakened in Delhi,” he said.

The Congress had earlier decided to go alone in Delhi after talks with AAP failed and local leaders favoured that the party contests LS polls alone.

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