Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal on Monday engaged in a public spat, with the Congress president accusing the AAP of taking a U-turn over alliance talks and the Delhi chief minister hitting back.
The Congress chief said that “An alliance between the Congress & AAP in Delhi would mean the rout of the BJP. The Congress is willing to give up four Delhi seats to the AAP to ensure this. But, Mr Kejriwal has done yet another U turn! Our doors are still open, but the clock is running out.”
He used The hashtag “AbAAPkiBaari” to target the AAP leadership to come out with its side for an alliance with the Congress.
Kejriwal slammed him, questioning what U-turn was he talking about as the talks were still on.
He reacted with alacrity through a tweet: “Which U-turn? Negotiations were on at present. Your tweet shows alliance is not your desire but only a pretense. I am pained you are making such statements when the priority should be to save the country from Modi-Shah threat. It is unfortunate you are helping the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and other states as well by dividing the anti-Modi vote.”
The Congress had got barely 9.7 per cent votes in the 2015 Assembly elections while the AAP got a whopping 54.3 per cent. The BJP had polled 32.3 per cent of the votes.
Some Congress leaders, particularly Sheila Diskhit, have been resistant to the idea of an alliance. However, its Delhi in-charge P C Chacko and Maken have backed it. Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, and other Opposition leaders, including Mamata Banerjee, N Chandrababu Naidu and Sitaram Yechury, have pressed the Congress to have an alliance in Delhi.
A senior AAP leader, Gopal Rai, responded to Congress president’s offer by publicly repeating its own offer of allying with Congress on 18 seats of Delhi. “If Rahul Gandhi has opened the door to four seats of Delhi, we have also opened doors to 18 seats in Haryana and Chandigarh to defeat BJP,” he said.
Multiple surveys have suggested that AAP and Congress on their own may find it tough to challenge BJP’s might in Delhi. However, an AAP-Congress alliance could give a tough fight to BJP in Delhi, where all its candidates overwhelmed the opposition in ’14 polls.
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