AAP, Cong meet to talk ‘alliance’

Former CM Sheila Dikshit flanked by party leaders during the release of the Delhi Congress party manifesto for the general election, at the head office on Thursday.

Former CM Sheila Dikshit flanked by party leaders during the release of the Delhi Congress party manifesto for the general election, at the head office on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: R_V_Moorthy

Decision to be taken by Rahul, says Chacko even as some leaders oppose tie-up

Two days after Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that his party was “open and flexible” to alliances nationally, senior leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress met here on Thursday to discuss seat sharing, sources said.

A member of the AAP’s Political Affairs Committee said that AAP senior leader and MP Sanjay Singh met All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge of Delhi P.C. Chacko to initiate discussion on seat sharing on Wednesday. Mr. Singh had on March 19 met Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, who was acting as a mediator, and offered to give two seats to the Congress in Delhi, four seats in Haryana and 10 seats in Punjab.

Seat-sharing discussion

A senior Congress leader said on Thursday that the only offer that had been discussed was for three seats each to the Congress and AAP and one common candidate on the seventh seat in Delhi. The AAP PAC member also said that the Congress had asked for three seats in Delhi, to which AAP had responded with its demand for seats in Punjab and Haryana. The matter would be discussed with the leadership of both parties internally, said the AAP PAC member.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, when asked about talks of the alliance with AAP, Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit said, “We will remain as we are,” without elaborating. Mr. Chacko added that the final decision would be taken by Mr. Gandhi and that an announcement would be made if any decision to align is taken.

Ms. Dikshit and the three working presidents of Delhi Congress — Haroon Yusuf, Rajesh Lilothia and Devendra Yadav — have stuck to their stand of being opposed to any alliance and have launched their election campaign and have also been working on selecting candidates for all the seven Lok Sabha seats.

Mr. Yadav, who has been leading a 14-day cycle rally across the Capital, said that the minimum income guarantee scheme and other promises mentioned in the Congress manifesto have found favour with the common man and that the support the rally has been receiving since it was launched on March 31 was proof that the Congress had the support of Delhiites and would win all the seven Lok Sabha seats.

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