Congress struggles to reach Consensus on alliance with Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi

82

The Congress is again pondering options to align with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi in its bid to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

AICC general secretary in-charge of Delhi Congress PC Chacko said that most of the leaders were of the opinion that an alliance would help defeat the BJP.

“I am in consultation with Congress party leaders in Delhi on the possibilities of forging an alliance with AAP,” Chacko added.

He further said, the policy of our party as decided by the Congress working committee (CWC) is to go for alliances with parties opposed to the BJP. I hope Delhi leaders will also follow this policy decision of Congress.

“I am talking with Delhi leaders and trying to convince them about this, but if they still decide not to forge an alliance, it is up to them,” Chacko said.

“Rahul Gandhi will take the final decision after consultations within the party,” he added.

However, Congress Delhi unit chief Sheila Dikshit has strongly opposed a tie-up with AAP. She wrote to Congress president Rahul Gandhi that an alliance with Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP for the Lok Sabha polls will hurt the Congress in the long run.

Besides Dikshit, three working presidents Haroon Yusuf, Devender Yadav and Rajesh Lilothi have also urged the Congress chief not to have an alliance with the AAP.