AAP-Congress alliance: RS MP Sanjay Singh to represent AAP in talks
NEW DELHI: A day after twitter spat between Congress president Rahul Gandhi and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal over alliance, on Tuesday the AAP appointed Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh as a negotiator of the alliance talks between the two parties. "AAP has authorised Sanjay Singh to talk to the Congress. Rahul Ji should also authorise a Congressman who could sit with the AAP to form a strategy to defeat the BJP on all 18 (Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh) seats," said senior AAP leader and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.
While the Congress is unwilling to look beyond Delhi for the alliance, the AAP is keen that the two parties come together for Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh. "The AAP is ready for any kind of talks on the 18 seats and the Congress should now show their interest on defeating the regime of Modi-Shah," said Singh.
According to sources, all eye is on Wednesday where final talks between AAP and Congress are likely to happen. Party sources also said that NCP Chief Sharad Pawar is also likely to seta with representatives of both the parties on the issue of alliance.
Meanwhile, Delhi AICC in-charge PC Chacko said that he would be only discussing the alliance between the parties in terms of Delhi because other states are beyond his purview. "Party president Rahul Gandhi has made it pretty clear that an alliance can be formed just in Delhi in a ratio of 4:3," Congress Delhi in-charge PC Chacko said. He also said that People have expressed their doubts to us over AAP but despite that, Congress party has shown a big heart and for a common objective we have agreed to form an alliance in Delhi. Senior party leader Randeep Surjewala has made it clear on the party's stand on alliance in other states.
Responding the stand AAP Delhi unit convener Gopal Rai on Tuesday said that Rahul Gandhi is "giving excuses" to avoid forming an alliance with his party for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. "CM Arvind Kejriwal clearly stated that the party will do anything to defeat BJP in the Lok Sabha. Our party decided to form an alliance with other parties because people want to unseat BJP. I feel Rahul Gandhi is making excuses for not forming an alliance with us. If he is really serious, then the Congress must come forward and form an alliance," he said.