With the 2019 General assembly elections closing-in, political parties have started forging alliances. Amid this is, reports suggest that in 2019, two main opposition parties from Delhi, Congress and Arvind Kejriwal led AAP might join hands. According the reports, talks are underway between the two parties to forge an alliance against BJP in Loksabha elections, come 2019.
Sources told news agency PTI that backchannel talks were said to be going on between AAP and the Congress, even though the two parties have not issued any official statement for the same. The discussions reportedly began after in a first, Arvind Kejriwal led AAP attended a meeting of the opposition at Delhi. Sources told PTI that a senior party leader and member of the AAP’s apex decision-making body was leading the talks from Aam Aadmi Party’s side.
The talks as per the reports are stuck at the allocation of seven Loksabha seats from Delhi. If sources are to be believed, AAP is not willing to give away more than two out of seven Loksabha seats of Delhi to Congress.
AAP has already declared constituency in-charges in six out of the seven Lok Sabha polls, who would potentially go on to become party candidates. An alliance with Congress would mean that they would have to ask at least two of the candidates to pull out the race even as they have already started campaigning.
The last relations between the two parties have been bitter, with AAP still opposing Congress atleast in Punjab. Arvind Kejriwal’s rise in Indian politics was part of the aftermath of Anna movement, an Anti-Congress protest. In fact, once AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had claimed that voting for the Congress was “akin to voting for the BJP.”