New Delhi: It’s official now. There will be no AAP-Congress alliance in Delhi for the coming Lok Sabha elections.
A report in a leading daily said that the Congress made the decision following a meeting at the party’s Delhi unit chief Sheila Dikshit’s residence. ANI had reported that the Congress leadership wasn’t quite in the favour of allying with AAP to take on the BJP.
The news agency said that Friday’s meeting lasted for two hours. “Top leaders of the Congress held discussion over the issue of a tie-up with AAP in Delhi but most of the leaders are not in favour of an alliance with AAP. We will convey our decision to party high command,” she added.
Speculations had been rife over a possible alliance ever since Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said at a public meeting last week that he was “tired” of trying to persuade the Congress to agree to an alliance. Soon enough, Dikshit hit back with, “When did AAP ever come to us? If Arvind wants an alliance, then he should directly speak to me.”
Meanwhile, the Congress and AAP leaders have been hobnobbing, mainly for a Mahagathbandhan. Arvind Kejriwal and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi both attended a meeting at Sharad Pawar’s Delhi home.
An alliance between AAP and the Congress would’ve been interesting, considering the former emerged against the Congress and even went on to wipe out the grand old party in 2015.
Now that the Congress would be going it alone in Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, several senior leaders have emerged as contenders for the seven seats in the national capital.
Dikshit said a number of applications from party leaders have been received but added the ticket distribution will be decided based on their “winnability”.
Former Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken is focusing his strength on New Delhi Lok Sabha seat by holding meetings with local leaders and workers, Congress insiders say.
Former MP Mahabal Mishra is eyeing West Delhi constituency but the Congress may field a Jat candidate, possibly Yoganand Shastri, from the seat, they say.