New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has rejected an offer of alliance with the Congress party in any state, informed senior party leader Sanjay Singh on Wednesday. All the routes of an alliance with the Congress have been closed and the move will benefit the BJP, added Sanjay Singh.
“In Punjab, where we have four MP and 20 MLA, a single seat is not being given to us,” he said adding, “In Chandigarh, where we got 1.30 lakh votes, they are not giving us a single seat. In Goa, where we got six per cent vote, no seats there either. In Delhi, where the Congress has no presence, they want to give us three seats.”
Since the offer was rejected by AAP, there would be no further talks with the Congress party, said Sanjay Singh. The move comes after the AAP had promised seats to the Congress in Delhi last week, equivalent to what the latter offers to it in Haryana.
Reacting to Sanjay Singh’s statement, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Delhi Congress P C Chacko said that the BJP cannot be defeated single-handedly in Delhi by the AAP. “No problem, we welcome his statement,” said Chacko. As an in-charge of the Delhi Congress, Chacko had negotiated with the AAP as both the sides agreed that the BJP cannot be defeated if the two parties contest separately in the Lok Sabha elections.
Chacko said the names of Congress candidates will be discussed in the Congress’s central election committee (CEC) meeting on Thursday. “The announcement of candidates is possible after the meeting,” he said. Sources said the possibility of an alliance between the two parties may not be over yet, and the current contradictory statements from them could be a pressure tactic to secure a better deal in seat-sharing.
(With agency inputs)