Sources in Congress say that a last-minute alliance is likely between Congress and Aam Admi Party in Delhi for Lok Sabha polls.
The national Congress leaders generally maintained the opinion that as ousting BJP out of power is the main agenda, there is no issue in stitching an alliance with Aam Admi party for Lok Sabha polls. The only impediment is the Delhi Congress leadership. They fought vehemently against an alliance with Aam Admi Party.
Crucial meeting of all congress leaders at Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi on Tuesday will decide whether the Congress will go ahead for an alliance with Aam Aadmi Party.
Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party declared candidates for six of Delhi's seven Lok Sabha seats earlier this month, accusing the Congress of refusing an alliance. The fractured relations between the Congress and AAP had not mended despite the efforts of opposition leaders like Ms Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu, DMK's MK Stalin and CPM's Sitaram Yechury. While Arvind Kejriwal has joined the opposition fold and shown readiness to collaborate with the Congress on the national level, the hostility between the two parties at the state level has persisted.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will meet the leaders of the party's Delhi unit at noon today to discuss the possibilities of an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party for the coming national elections. But sources said AAP has now offered two seats to the Congress in Delhi and is open for an alliance in Punjab as well. AAP is also ready to give more seats to Congress in Delhi on a condition that it would retain all four seats in Punjab that it won in 2014.