Sheila Dikshit requests Rahul to forge no alliance with AAP

Sheila Dikshit requests Rahul to forge no alliance with AAP

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New Delhi: Delhi Congress unit chief Sheila Dikshit wrote to Congress president Rahul Gandhi requesting to forge no alliance with Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) as it will hurt Congress in the long run.

She also urged the leadership to spell out its stand on a proposed alliance with AAP to avoid confusion among party workers.

Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had rejected the plan to go for an alliance with AAP. But after that a survey campaign took place within Congress asking the response from ranks and files of party towards the proposal for a Congress-AAP alliance. While Sheila Dikshit has strongly opposed a tie-up with AAP, a senior Congress leader in charge of Delhi, PC Chacko, made it clear on Tuesday that "Delhi leaders have to follow the Congress's policy decision to go for alliances with parties opposed to the BJP".

Final decision on the issue will be taken by Rahul Gandhi soon.

An internal survey of the Congress reportedly showed the BJP ahead of both AAP and Congress with 35 per cent of the vote share in the capital. The findings were shared with the Congress president. PC Chacko met Sheila Dikshit and showed her the results of the survey.

Some sources say that Senior party leaders Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad are in touch with Mr Kejriwal and an alliance in Delhi and Haryana is likely. Mr Kejriwal also had been insistent on an alliance with the Congress, arguing that if the two parties contest Lok Sabha polls separately, it would help the BJP by dividing the votes against it.

Delhi votes for its seven Lok Sabha seats on May 12. The results will be declared with the rest of the country on May 23.