New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday ended months of speculation and ruled out the possibility of any alliance with the Congress for upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019. The party said that it will field candidates on all parliamentary constituencies in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana.
The announcement came a few days after AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal reiterated that a vote for Congress in the upcoming general elections will mean victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). His statement came amid a speculation that the party may ally with the Congress to challenge the BJP in Lok Sabha polls.
Briefing the media about the decision, senior AAP leader Gopal Rai claimed that the decision was taken following recent statements made by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit, who opposed an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party.
“In the interest of the country, we were ready to drink the poison of Congress, but the statements show that the Congress is still seeped in its arrogance. The AAP will contest all Lok Sabha seats in the three states on its own,” he said.
“Like-minded leaders like Farooq Abdullah, M K Stalin, Chandrababu Naidu, Mamata Banerjee among others stressed that despite disagreements with Congress, we (AAP) should fight the elections together in the interest of the country,” he added.
Meanwhile, the newly appointed Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit refused to comment on the development, saying, “I do not have to react on what he (Rai) said. It’s his opinion.”
Hitting out at Amarinder Singh and Sheila Dikshit, Rai claimed that the AAP was ready to go with the Congress despite objections of its Delhi and Punjab units as it wanted to end the “dictatorship of Modi-Shah combine” and to save the Constitution.
“The way Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh issued statement that AAP has no takers in Punjab and Sheila Dikshit said that Congress is a national party and it can not ally with a small party like AAP, made it clear that Congress kept its arrogance above the interest of the country,” he was quoted as saying in a PTI report.
The AAP, which is the main opposition party in Punjab, will launch its campaign for Lok Sabha polls in the state with a rally in Barnala on January 20 which will be attended by party chief Arvind Kejriwal. Meanwhile, the candidates on the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be announced by the party soon.