New Delhi. Congress in-charge of Delhi PC Chacko has said that a decision on alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party for the Lok Sabha election will be taken on Tuesday. Congress president Rahul Gandhi will take a final decision, news agency quoted Chacko as saying.
Chacko, according to ANI, said the Congress and AAP “will come together” in Delhi for the Lok Sabha polls.
“Party president to take final decision today. We’ve had no word with AAP, as we had to take preliminary decision on our party’s political stand whether we wanted an alliance or not. Both parties may have problems, that apart we’ve to defeat Modi and BJP. So, we’ll come together,” ANI quoted Chacko as saying.
The Congress’s Delhi unit has been divided over alliance with the AAP, the party whose rise in 2013 saw the grand-old-party losing power in the national capital. On Monday, Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit held another round of meeting of the party leaders.
Four former Delhi Congress leaders Ajay Maken, Subhash Chopra, Tajdar Babar and Arvinder Singh Lovely are said to be in favour of alliance with the AAP. Dikshit, and three working presidents of Delhi Congress Devender Yadav, Rajesh Lilothia and Haroon Yusuf are against the idea of aligning with the AAP.
However, 12 district Congress presidents and majority of party councillors in the three municipal corporations have favoured alliance with the AAP. Chacko has handed over a signed letter to this effect to Gandhi.
While the Congress has remained indecisive, the AAP is focussing on campaign for the Lok Sabha polls. “The Congress is busy conducing meetings with its leaders and the AAP is busy with public meetings. The country’s future is at stake but the Congress is confused. It looks like they are not serious about Delhi,” said AAP’s Delhi in-charge Gopal Rai.
The AAP has been seeking an alliance with the Congress in Delhi saying that a division of votes will help the Bharatiya Janata Party in all seven constituencies in the city. The BJP had won all Lok Sabh seats in Delhi in 2014 parliamentary polls.