Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday made a big statement on the reported talks between the Congress and his Aam Aadmi Party on the alliance for the Lok Sabha polls. He said that the Congress had conveyed to them that there will be no alliance between the two parties.
News agency ANI quoted Kejriwal as saying,”Congress has officially conveyed to us that there will be no alliance. We are not in talks with Congress.” Kejriwal, also the convenor of his party, said that media reports stating that talks between the two parties for an alliance had been finalised were planted by them.
Delhi Chief Minister and Aam aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal: Congress has officially conveyed to us that there will be no alliance. We are not in talks with Congress. Media reports stating that talks (between AAP & Congress) have been finalized, are planted by them. pic.twitter.com/oW6oTPHp7l
— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2019
Earlier, Kejriwal’s cabinet colleague, Gopal Rai, had said that ‘enough is enough’ while ruling out the possibility of an alliance with the Congress.
“Despite facing stiff opposition from its workers, the AAP was open to an alliance with the Congress in Delhi but after waiting for so long and constantly hearing conflicting statements from the party, we have decided that enough is enough and now even if Congress approaches us with a proposal there would be no alliance in Delhi,” PTI had quoted him as saying.
This was after the AICC General Secretary for Delhi, PC Chacko, said last week said that most leaders in the national capital were in favour of fighting the Lok Sabha polls with the AAP. Chacko had even slammed his own party leader and Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit for her opposition to the alliance, adding that she was not the final authority to decide on the alliance.
Dikshit had all along opposed the alliance with the AAP.
Delhi has seven parliamentary seats that were all won by the BJP in 2014. This year, Delhi will go to polls in a single phase on 12 May with the counting scheduled for 23 May.