Days after having unanimously decided to go at it alone in Delhi, the Congress is again mulling options to align with the Aam Aadmi Party in the capital in its bid to defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha elections.
The Congress leadership is in talks with AAP leaders, and senior leaders within the party are trying to convince Delhi Congress leaders for an alliance with the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, said sources.
AICC general secretary and Delhi Congress in-charge P.C. Chacko said: “I am in consultation with Congress party leaders in Delhi on the possibilities of forging an alliance with AAP. The Congress Working Committee has decided to align with like-minded parties across the country to defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha elections.”
”I hope Delhi Congress leaders also go by this sentiment and decide on an alliance with AAP, but a final decision will be taken by the Congress president very soon,” Chacko added.
Chacko's views are at variance with Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit, who has made it clear that aligning with AAP will not be in the party's interests keeping in view the Assembly election in Delhi.
He said some senior leaders in Delhi, who think defeating BJP is the party's immediate responsibility and for which an alliance should be forged with AAP, have written to party chief Rahul Gandhi regarding this.
He said that Rahul will take a final call after consulting with party members.
”I hope our Delhi leaders also follow the policy decision of the CWC. I am talking with them and trying to convince them about this, but if they still decide not to forge an alliance, it is up to them,” he said.
The party has announced that it will contest alone in Delhi and the Delhi Congress unit has told Rahul that aligning with AAP in the Lok Sabha polls is not in the party's interests.
The Lok Sabha elections is slated for May 12 in Delhi.