The enemy of my enemy is my friend. It seems that the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress party have taken a fancy for this ancient proverb. They might come together in an alliance in Delhi for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Their common enemy? None other than our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janta Party.
Amidst confusion and differences spread across the party ranks, Congress President Rahul Gandhi will take the final decision regarding the alliance between Congress and AAP in Delhi for the 2019 elections to Lok Sabha, Congress leader P C Chacko said on Tuesday.
Congress President met senior leaders from the party’s Delhi unit on Monday to form an opinion on the possible alliance.
“Yesterday, we had discussions with the Congress President, senior leaders of Delhi in my presence. The discussions are now over. The party President will take a final decision today. We will not delay the decision. We will announce it as early as possible,” Chacko, AICC in-charge of Delhi told ANI.
The senior leader is in favour of an alliance with AAP along with former Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) President Ajay Maken. Both of these leaders are stuck on their stand of favouring the partnership between Congress and AAP.
On the other hand, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit remains opposed to the idea. She has maintained that an alliance with AAP will harm the Congress party in the long run. She expressed her strong disapproval once again to Rahul Gandhi in Monday’s meeting.
Other senior leaders including J P Aggarwal, Yoganand Shastri, Haroon Yusuf, Devender Yadav, and Rajesh Lilothia are also in opposition of the alliance.
On the question, if AAP was consulted regarding this partnership, Chacko said,
“We have had no word with the AAP as we had to take a preliminary decision on our party’s political stand whether we wanted an alliance or not.” Addressing the previous rivalry between the two parties, he further added, “Both parties may have problems. That apart, we have to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP.”
AAP Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have denied any talks between his party and Congress.
“Congress has officially conveyed to us that there will be no alliance. We are not in talks with the Congress party. Media reports about talks between AAP and Congress have been planted by Congress,” Kejriwal said.
Regardless of what the reports say, senior party leaders are hoping to hear the final announcement by Wednesday.
Delhi goes to polls on May 12, the sixth phase of the seven-stage general elections.
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