Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday revealed that he had agreed for an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi in a second but Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal kept changing goalposts.
“I was in a second ready to do an alliance in Delhi. My party was against it. I was like listen guys, I am going to override you guys because these seven seats are important,” he told NDTV. When asked what led to the breakdown in the alliance talks, Rahul Gandhi said, “The problem was that Mr Kejriwal was shifting goalposts.”
Gandhi said that his decision to hold talks with the AAP for an alliance was against the wishes of his party’s leadership in Delhi.
He said, “We had a clear commitment to Mr Kejriwal. We were ready to do an alliance 4-3 with you. He agreed to that alliance upfront. And suddenly he brought Haryana and Punjab into the game. So that’s not workable for us.
“We have a party in Haryana. I have to take my party’s views in Haryana. I had gone against my party’s views in Delhi. And I can understand that there was a possibility of winning seven seats in Delhi. Kejriwal, AAP really don’t add anything to us in Delhi.”
This is not the first time that Gandhi has blamed Kejriwal for the breakdown in alliance talks between the AAP and the Congress. Earlier, taking to Twitter, he had accused Kejriwal of performing a U-turn.
Rahul Gandhi had written on Twitter, ” An alliance between the Congress & AAP in Delhi would mean the rout of the BJP. The Congress is willing to give up 4 Delhi seats to the AAP to ensure this. But, Mr Kejriwal has done yet another U turn! Our doors are still open, but the clock is running out. #AbAAPkiBaari”
Kejriwal, for his part, had alleged that the Congress had agreed for an alliance even in Haryana but it performed a U-turn later.