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Congress-AAP alliance runs into rough weather

Our Bureau/Agencies New Delhi/Vishakhapatnam | Updated on April 01, 2019 Published on April 01, 2019

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (file photo).

Kejriwal says Rahul Gandhi has refused to align with AAP

The Congress-Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alliance talks seem to have run into rough weather again with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday divulging that Congress President Rahul Gandhi has refused to align with him for the Lok Sabha polls in the national capital.

Talking to reporters at the airport in Vishakhapatnam, the AAP leader said he had met Gandhi recently and that the Congress leader had refused to join hands with the AAP.

Asked about Congress’ Delhi unit president Sheila Dikshit’s remarks that Kejriwal never approached her for an alliance, the Chief Minister said, “We have met Rahul Gandhi. Dikshit is not that important.”

Dikshit has been among the most vociferous opponents of Congress aligning with the AAP, as have been others in the past, like former Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Ajay Maken, who changed their line in the last two months.

The AAP and the Congress share their vote banks and separately, their vote share in the national capital stands at 22-23 per cent for the Congress and about 27-28 per cent for the AAP. The arithmetic points to an alliance but there are questions about whether AAP cadre would work for the Congress.

Besides, the formula proposed by the AAP of a 50:50 alliance and a joint candidate in seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi also raises questions about which seats would go in which party’s share.

Published on April 01, 2019
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