Arvind Kejriwal doing U-turn on alliance talks, says Rahul Gandhi


NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal and alleged he is doing ‘U-turn’ on the alliance talks between the two parties.

Congress supremo conveyed his thought through Twitter and said his party is willing to give four of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi to the AAP.

"An alliance between the Congress and 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”, Rahul tweeted.

"But, Mr Kejriwal has done yet another U-turn. Our doors are still open, but the clock is running out," he added.

Meantime, Kejriwal claimed that the talks are still on and he accused Gandhi of helping the BJP by dividing anti-Modi votes in Uttar Pradesh and in some other states.

“What U-turn? The conversation was still on. Your tweet shows that the alliance is not just your desire, but only a pretension. I am pained that you are giving mere statements”, Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.

"Today, the foremost issue is to save the country from the threat of Modi-Shah. Unfortunately, you are helping Modi by dividing anti-Modi votes in Uttar Pradesh and other states too”, he added.

The Congress has accused the Kejriwal-led AAP party is demanding seats in Goa, Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh, besides Delhi for a pre-poll understanding with the Congress.

However, Congress leaders have said they only want a tie-up with AAP in Delhi.

On April 1, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi has refused to forge an alliance with the AAP for the Lok Sabha polls in the national capital.

“I had met Gandhi recently and the Congress leader had refused to join hands with the AAP, Kejriwal had said while talking to the reporters at the airport here.

Leaders of the two parties have held several rounds of discussions for a poll tie-up but the talks have reportedly failed.

The Congress leadership seems divided over forging an alliance with the AAP. While one faction wants an alliance to defeat the BJP in Delhi, the other is strongly against it.

On March 25, Congress president Sheila Dikshit and other leaders of the unit had held a meeting with party chief Rahul Gandhi and discussed the possibility of an alliance with the AAP for the Lok Sabha polls in the city.

During the meeting, everyone was unanimous that Gandhi should take a final call on it in the larger interest of the party.

Earlier, AICC in-charge of Delhi Congress PC Chacko handed over signed letters of 12 district Congress presidents, leaders of the party and councillors in three municipal corporations, in favour of the alliance, to Gandhi.

During the meeting, four former Delhi Congress presidents Ajay Maken, Subhash Chopra, Tajdar Babar and Arvinder Singh Lovely favoured an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi.

Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit and three working presidents Devender Yadav, Rajesh Lilothia, and Haroon Yusuf maintained their stand against the alliance.

Earlier, Sheila Dikshit had said, aligning with AAP will not be in the party's interests and had conveyed her disagreement with leaders within the Delhi Congress on joining hands with the AAP.

Dikshit had penned a letter to Congress President Rahul Gandhi informing him that a tie-up with the AAP would harm Congress' prospects in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Earlier it was reported that NCP Chief Sharat Pawar is mediating between the two arch-rivals to agree on an alliance in order to defeat the BJP.

Congress had drawn a blank in the 2014 parliamentary elections in Delhi. However, the BJP had won all the seven seat in the national capital.

Delhi has 7 Lok Sabha seats and it will go to polls on May 12


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