Amid growing speculation of a possible alliance between Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the grand old party’s spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala confirmed that the party will not forge an alliance with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Haryana and Punjab for the upcoming polls. A decision on alliance for Delhi will be taken soon, Surjewala added.
“There’s no talk on alliance with any party, including the AAP, either in Haryana or in Punjab. We are soon going to declare our candidates (for the two states),” Surjewala said at a press conference today where the Congress unveiled its campaign slogan for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls – “Ab Hoga Nyay”.
“The party is yet to reach a decision on forging an alliance with the AAP in Delhi,” he adde
The statement comes a day after the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP cleared that an alliance in Delhi would only be possible if the Congress is ready to give the seats of Gurgaon, Faridabad and Karnal — three Haryana constituencies in the National Capital Region (NCR) — to the party in return for setting aside as many seats in Delhi.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi had Saturday discussed the issue again with his party leaders from the city.
Delhi Congress president and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and in-charge of the party’s national capital unit P C Chacko and some other senior leaders were present at the meeting held in Gandhi’s residence.
As another pre-condition for firming up an alliance, the AAP has asked the Congress to openly declare its support to full statehood for Delhi.