LS polls 2019: Congress still mulling alliance with AAP


NEW DELHI: Days after having unanimously decided to go it alone in Delhi, the Congress is again mulling options to align with the Aam Aadmi Party in the national capital in its bid to defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha elections.


Sources said the Congress leadership is in talks with AAP leaders and senior leaders within the party are trying to convince Delhi Congress leaders for an alliance with the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP.

"I am in consultation with Congress party leaders in Delhi on the possibilities of forging an alliance with AAP”, AICC general secretary in-charge of Delhi Congress PC Chacko said.

"I hope our Delhi leaders also follow the policy decision of the CWC. I am talking with them and trying to convince them about this, but if they still decide not to forge an alliance, it is up to them, however, a final decision will be taken by the Congress president very soon," he added.

Chacko's views are at variance with Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit.

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

Meanwhile, news agency ANI reported that NCP Leader Sharad Pawar intervened in the ongoing war of words and possible alliance discussions in Delhi between the AAP and the Congress.

This intervention of the NCP comes after the Delhi Congress unit's divergent views on an AAP-Congress tie up.

Media reports surfaced on Monday that Dikshit 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.

Party functionaries refused to comment whether Sharad Pawar had made any headway in his mediation efforts.

According to the sources, a decision on the AAP-Congress alliance would be made within the next 48 hours.

The Lok Sabha election is slated for May 12 in Delhi.


With inputs from PTI, ANI

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