New Delhi: Delhi Congress Chief Sheila Dixit in a sharp-worded rebuttal to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s remarks that Congress is unwilling to form an alliance with AAP, fired, “On what basis has he said this?”
Former Delhi Chief Minister Dixit’s stinging response comes a day after Kejriwal addressed a public rally near Jama Masjid and avowed that Congress has refused to join hands with the Aam Aadmi Party for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections this summer.
Quoting Kejriwal’s jibe, Dixit said, “Tired of convincing Congress for an alliance, but they refused to understand?… He has not once talked to us about it (alliance).”
A passionate Kejriwal on Wednesday directed bitter diatribes at the Congress party, accusing them of sidelining the Aam Aadmi Party ahead of general elections 2019 and stressed how the AAP leaders were tired of trying to stitch an alliance with them.
According to an Indian Express report, Arvind Kejriwal said, “I believe everywhere there should be one opposition candidate against BJP candidates. Hum Congress ko mana mana ke thak gaye, gatbandhan karlo, gatbandhan karlo (We got tired of trying to convince the Congress for an alliance). I want to ask, should there be a coalition or not? If there is a coalition, the BJP will be routed in Delhi… If I have enough faith that the Congress will win all seven seats in Delhi, then I am ready to leave all seats to them,” he said, adding after a pause that “they won’t”.
Asserting that a probable seat-sharing arrangement could have made sure that the BJP loses this election, Kejriwal added, “They do not understand. If there is an alliance, the BJP will lose all the seven Lok Sabha seats it currently has in Delhi.”
The Delhi chief minister had further strengthened his attack on Congress at the Jama Masjid rally and asked what the party was planning to do in Uttar Pradesh- where its presence is abysmal.
The Indian Express report quoted, “I don’t understand what they are doing in Uttar Pradesh. They are trying to weaken the SP-BSP in UP and the AAP in Delhi. Congress chahe aaye na aaye — Congress ne mana kar diya hai — (but) I have full faith that the AAP will win,” he said.