New Delhi: Days after Congress outrightly refused to stitch a pre-poll alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the national capital for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections; reports now suggest that the Grand Old Party may re-assess its decision.
A week ago, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit had announced that the Congress would not enter into a seat-sharing pact with AAP and that the decision was taken unanimously in a party meet that was helmed by Rahul Gandhi.
Soon after the announcement, Arvind Kejriwal had lashed out at the Congress and claimed that they were helping the BJP and hinted at a ‘secret pact’ between the two with an anti-AAP agenda.
But now if sources are to be believed, the Congress might be willing to revive alliance talks with AAP in Delhi- only if it gets positive feedback from the party workers.
According to a report in the NDTV, a voice message will be sent on workers’ cellphones through the Shakti app – which had been used earlier, while picking the chief ministers for Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh after last year’s assembly elections.
This time, the voice message is from party leader PC Chacko. Rahul Gandhi is then expected to take note of the feedback and accordingly chart out a plan.
This development comes a day after Arvind Kejriwal proposed yet another alliance deal to Congress, this time in Haryana.
In a tweet, Mr Kejriwal said, “The people of the country want to vote out the Modi and Amit Shah combine. If in Haryana, AAP, JJP and the Congress fight together, then the BJP would lose the state’s 10 seats. Rahul Gandhi should think this over”. The AAP, which does not have a strong base in Haryana, is trying to make inroads in the state.
The JJP, which was formed in December after a split in the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), performed well in the Jind assembly seat by-election last month. The AAP had supported the JJP candidate then.
The BJP won seven Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 parliamentary elections. The INLD won two seats and the Congress bagged on seat.
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