Congress-AAP alliance, a closed chapter: PC Chacko

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on April 25, 2019 Published on April 25, 2019

P C CHAKO   -  S_Subramanium


The Congress and the AAP have announced that there will not be any pact between the parties either in Delhi or Haryana. While the Congress blamed the “non-serious” approach of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for not forging an alliance, Kejriwal said Congress President Rahul Gandhi is the only person responsible for wrecking the talks.

AICC in-charge of Delhi PC Chako said the alliance between both the parties is a closed chapter. “Now, even if they withdraw their three candidates tomorrow (Friday — the last date for withdrawal), we will not enter into any understanding with them. By blaming Rahul Gandhi, Kejriwal has proved he was never serious in fighting against the BJP. Rahul Gandhi, despite opposition from the State unit, worked in favour of the alliance. But the AAP failed those efforts by not accepting 4-3 arrangement and by insisting on an alliance in Haryana,” Chacko told BusinessLine.

Chacko expressed confidence that the Congress will improve its position in the National Capital Region. “All seven candidates of the Congress are getting warm reception in their respective constituencies. The fight is between the Congress and the BJP,” Chacko said.

Earlier, talking to reporters at the DPCC office, Chacko said he had doubts about Kejriwal’s intension. “Kejriwal stepped back without any reason, that is why we still doubt his seriousness in defeating the BJP,” he said.

“Anti-BJP votes will come to the Congress. The fight is between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi, and in view of this, there will be no split of votes,” Chacko added.

At a press conference after releasing his party’s manifesto, Kejriwal said the proposal of an alliance with the Congress was made to save the country. “We tried our best to form an alliance and if the BJP comes back to power, the only person responsible for it will be Rahul Gandhi,” he said.

“I want to ask Rahul Gandhi which alliance is formed on Twitter. If they were serious, they should have come to the table for negotiations,” he added.

The Congress was also annoyed at the AAP’s last minute decision to support the CPI(M)-led LDF in Kerala. The party’s State unit had taken a decision to support the Congress-led UDF in the polls.

Published on April 25, 2019
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