New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday lambasted the Congress party for not forming an alliance with the party in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana. Addressing a press conference, Sisodia said that the Congress party ‘wasted AAP’s time’ in the name of discussion over an alliance in the Lok Sabha elections 2019. “The grand old party has no intention of defeating Modi-Shah duo on 18 seats,” alleged Sisodia.
On being asked about his opinion on the 4:3 seat sharing formula proposed by the Congress party, Sisodia said,”Giving three seats to the Congress in the national capital would mean giving three seats to the BJP. Our decision to form an alliance with the Congress was to stop the Modi-Shah duo.”
“There is not a single seat of Congress in Delhi, yet they are demanding three seats. In Punjab, we have 4 MPs and 20 MLAs and yet they are not offering us even one seat,” said Sisodia, hitting out at the grand old party.
He added, “They had first proposed 6:3:1 seat sharing formula to the AAP in Haryana where six seats would be for Congress, three for Janayak Janata Party (JJP) and one seat for AAP. They are stuck in the logistics of seat-sharing.”
Senior party leader Sanjay Singh said they have agreed to all the seat sharing arrangements that the Congress proposed but even then the grand old party backtracked.
“After discussions with our alliance partner in Haryana JJP we agreed to it but the Congress refused and said they can’t give more than two seats to the JJP and proposed 7:2:1 formula,” said Singh, who was negotiating with the Congress.
JJP chief Dushyant Chautala even agreed to that but then the Congress backtracked again on Friday night, saying there is no possibility of formation of any alliance anywhere except Delhi, he said.
Earlier on Monday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had tweeted that the grand old party was ready to give up four Delhi seats to Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP to ensure a victory over the BJP.
“An alliance between the Congress and AAP in Delhi would mean the rout of the BJP. The Congress is willing to give up 4 Delhi seats to the AAP to ensure this. But, Mr Kejriwal has done yet another U turn! Our doors are still open, but the clock is running out,” Gandhi wrote.