New Delhi:Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday scotched any hopes of a tie-up with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi for the Lok Sabha elections as he urged booth level workers to win all seven seats in the capital.“Congress has to win all the 7 seats in Delhi. The booth level workers have to ensure it,” he said.At a meeting with Mr Gandhi days before, the Delhi Congress, led by Ms Dikshit, had unanimously refused an alliance with the party of Mr Kejrwal, who had ended the 15-year Congress rule in the state. The rivalry of the two parties, which started there, became deeply entrenched when a year later, Mr Kejriwal ended the 49-day government formed with Congress support.
The Congress has been under opposition pressure to enter a tie up with Mr Kejriwal’s party. AAP has also been keen on a tie-up, saying it would stop the split of non-BJP votes that’s expected if the two parties contest separately.Initially, the Congress had been cool to the idea, which AAP was upset about. But later, as the opposition started recalibrating its campaign after the Pulwama terror attack and the subsequent air strikes, Mr Gandhi held a meeting with leaders of the Delhi Congress to discuss the issue.
After the Congress refusal, Arvind Kejriwal had tweeted: “At a time when the whole country wants to defeat Modi-Shah duo, Cong is helping BJP by splitting anti-BJP vote. Rumours are that Congress has some secret understanding with BJP. Delhi is ready to fight against Cong-BJP alliance. People will defeat this unholy alliance”.AAP leader Gopal Rai on Monday said his party is not in talks with the Congress for an alliance in Delhi and it will contest all seven seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on its own.
Rai said Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal will hold a meeting with all state unit chiefs of the party and MLAs to discuss the strategy for the parliamentary polls later in the day.