After the possibility of an alliance in Delhi between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress continued to rise and dip with twists surfacing each day over the last month, a final agreement reached on Wednesday.
According to the sources, AAP will contest on four seats while Congress will put their candidates on the remaining three seats in Delhi. In Haryana, JJP to contest on two seats, AAP on one while Congress to filed their candidates on the remaining seats. In Chandigarh, AAP will support Congress’ candidate. JJP is asking for one more seat in the alliance and sources suggest that due to this, there is a delay in the final announcement.
JJP will contest Hisar and Kurukshetra, while AAP will field its candidate in Gurgaon.
Amid a continuing blame-game over seat-sharing in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal Monday engaged a public exchange of tweets, with the Congress chief accusing AAP of making a “U-turn” over alliance talks, following which the Delhi chief minister to hit back at him.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had said, “An alliance between the Congress & AAP in Delhi would mean the rout of the BJP.” The Amethi Member of Parliament added, that “the Congress is willing to give up 4 Delhi seats to the AAP to ensure this,” but it was “Kejriwal has done yet another U turn.” Gandhi had further assured that the party is still open for the alliance but “the clock is running out”.
The Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had slammed back, saying, “Which U-turn? talks are still undergoing.”
The key bone of contention between Congress and AAP has been the number of candidates from each party and the latter pushing for alliances in Haryana and Punjab as well. While a 3-3-1 formula was under discussion, where both parties would contest on 3 seats with another one going to a neutral (independent) candidate, AAP had insisted on having 5 tickets.