New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday confirmed that it was not in talks with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) or any other party for alliance in Haryana and Punjab in the wake of upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Claiming that the party will declare the candidates for the two states soon, it said that a decision on stitching an alliance with the AAP in the national capital is yet to be reached upon.
“There’s no talk on alliance with any party, including the AAP, either in Haryana or in Punjab. We are soon going to declare our candidates (for the two states),” Surjewala said Sunday at a press conference where the Congress unveiled its campaign slogan for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls — “Ab Hoga Nyay”. He added, “The party is yet to reach a decision on forging an alliance with the AAP in Delhi.”
The development came a day after the AAP sources asserted that there will be no alliance with the Congress in Delhi unless it agrees to fight the Lok Sabha polls jointly in Haryana and Chandigarh too.
Meanwhile on Saturday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi held a meeting with party leaders at his residence to discuss the possibility of an alliance with the AAP in the national capital.
Delhi Congress president and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and in-charge of the party’s national capital unit PC Chacko, and some other senior leaders were present at the meeting.
A PTI report quoted a Congress leader as claiming that party’s alliance with the AAP is ‘almost certain’. The two sides now only need to sit together to fine-tune the seat-sharing formula, he said. However, it added that Sheila Dikshit is ‘upset’ with the direction in which the talks are going. However, she has chosen to abide by what the party’s high command says.
A senior Congress leader said the party high command was in favour of the alliance with the AAP if the grand old party was given New Delhi, Chandni Chowk and North West Delhi seats to contest.
The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are scheduled to begin in seven phases on April 11. The polling on 7 seats in Delhi will be held on May 12. The counting of votes and the results will be announced on May 23.