The Congress on Tuesday finally confirmed that the party will not have any electoral understanding with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi in this year’s Lok Sabha elections. This was confirmed by former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
“A unanimous decision has been taken that there will be no alliance in Delhi,” Dikshit was quoted by news agency ANI.
Reacting to the news, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “At a time when the whole country wants to defeat Modi- Shah duo, Cong is helping BJP by splitting anti-BJP vote. Rumours r that Cong has some secret understanding wid BJP. Delhi is ready to fight against Cong-BJP alliance. People will defeat this unholy alliance.”
This came just days after the AAP announced the list of its six candidates that it had fielded for the parliamentary polls. According to the list announced by the Arvind Kejriwal-led party, Dilip Pandey will be its candidate from North-East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency, while Raghav Chadha will try his luck from South Delhi. Gugan Singh will contest from North-West Delhi, Brijesh Goyal from New Delhi and Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk.
Reacting to the news, Kejriwal had congratulated his candidates while adding that the name for the seventh candidate will be announced soon. He had tweeted, “Congratulations and best wishes. Seventh candidate will be announced soon. People of Delhi will finally secure the full statehood for Delhi.”
In January, PC Chacko, AICC in-charge of Delhi, had said that his party was ‘fully prepared’ to face the Lok Sabha polls on its own in Delhi.
While announcing Sheila Dikshit’s name as the new president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, Chacko had said, “This (press conference} is only about the appointments of President and Working Presidents. I do not want to go into any other issues. But since the question has been put to me, there is no question of any discussions till now about an alliance of Congress with any other parties. The Congress in Delhi is strong enough to fight on its own. We are fully prepared and ready to face the 2019 elections on its own.”
This year’s Lok Sabha polls are scheduled to be held between April and May. In 2014, the BJP had won all seven seats of Delhi