The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday said there was no point in having the INDIA alliance if the Congress has made up its mind to go solo in Delhi for the Lok Sabha polls.
The Congress and AAP are part of the opposition grouping Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA).
AAP chief spokesperson Priyanka Kakkar said its top leadership will take a call on attending the Mumbai meeting of the opposition bloc INDIA, following the statement of Congress leader Alka Lamba.
Congress leaders from Delhi on Wednesday held a meeting with the party's top leadership to review its preparedness for the Lok Sabha elections and discussed ways and means to strengthen the organisation.
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and former party chief Rahul Gandhi, who were present at the meeting, asked the party leaders to remain united and connected with people, sources said.
After the meeting, Lamba said they have been given orders to contest on all seven (Lok Sabha) seats in Delhi.
Following her statement, Kakkar said if the Congress wants to fight alone in Delhi, there is no point in attending the INDIA alliance meeting.
"If Congress has made up its mind to fight elections alone in Delhi, there is no point of the INDIA alliance.
"The final decision to attend the next meeting of the INDIA alliance will be taken by the party's top leadership. It was the Congress which approached AAP for forming an alliance in Delhi since they do not have an existence in Delhi," Kakkar told PTI Video.
Other AAP leaders echoed similar sentiments.
AAP MLA Vinay Mishra said the Congress needs to make its stand clear.
"There will be no point of the INDIA alliance if the Congress continues to give statements like this. The Congress needs to make its stand clear," he said, adding that the party's national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will take a decision keeping in mind the interest of the country and the people of Delhi.
AAP leader Somnath Bharti said, "Everyone should realise that we should keep our ambitions aside and think about the country and the Constitution." After AAP's statement, Delhi Congress chief Anil Chaudhary clarified that Wednesday's meeting was not on alliance formation in Delhi and nothing was discussed about it.
"AAP can make assumptions but the decision on alliance will be taken by the AICC central leadership and it will be announced by them. We, as an opposition party here, will raise questions about corruption, " he told PTI.
Former Congress MLA Anil Bhardwaj said Lamba is not authorised to speak on this matter.
"In today's meeting of Delhi leaders with party central leadership, there was no discussion over (INDIA) alliance," he said.
The next meeting of the opposition alliance is slated to be in Mumbai on August 31 and September 1.
Ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, a group of 26 opposition parties have come together under the banner of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
BJP leader OP Sharma said, "I feel (Delhi CM) Arvind Kejriwal must have said something after the Delhi Services Bill was passed in Parliament that forced them to give such a statement." On the Delhi Services Bill, Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah had earlier said that Kejriwal will quit the opposition bloc INDIA once the legislation is passed.
He had asked the opposition “not to indulge in politics of supporting or opposing legislation just to win elections”.
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