It's official: AAP won't ally with Cong in LS polls
NEW DELHI: Slamming the door at the face of all the speculations of a pre-poll alliance with Congress, the AAP on Friday announced that the party will fight alone in the upcoming Lok Sabha poll from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and some other states. "We were ready to drink the poison of tying up with Congress for the greater good but have realised that Congress continues to be its old arrogant self. There will be no alliance," said AAP senior leader Gopal Rai.
Rai also said, "Our party will contest Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana, we will contest alone. For Congress, their arrogance is bigger than national interest, it is visible from the recent statements of Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and Sheila Dikshit ji."
The AAP on Friday said it will not go for an alliance with the Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, accusing the Grand old party of being 'arrogant', and added that it will field candidates on all the parliamentary constituencies of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana.
Party's Delhi unit convener Gopal Rai said the decision came in the wake of the recent statements of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit, opposing an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Recently Dikshit observed that she would check how the AAP government is providing free water and electricity in the city. Responding to this Rai said, "If the ruling party does not want to benefit the private electric companies then its possible to reduce the bill and we have done the same.
However, the AAP has not taken any decision regarding making an alliance with the non-BJP and non-Congress parties. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday would join the rally called by TMC supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata. Many other political leaders including leaders of the Congress party would be present in this rally.
Meanwhile, Delhi BJP's leader of opposition Vijender Gupta said that there is panic among the opposition political parties due to the fast implementation of public welfare schemes under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and they are trying to forge alliance only to survive. Keeping this in mind, the AAP was also trying to have an alliance with the Congress party but due to their unreasonable ambitions, they could not form an alliance to contest the elections. He also said that CM Kejriwal has done nothing for the welfare of the people of Delhi with which he could go among the people and seek votes again.