The Aam Aadmi Party Delhi convenor Gopal Rai is expected to make an important announcement related to the Lok Sabha elections at the party’s ITO office on Saturday. Although it is not clear what the announcement would be, speculations are rife that the party may announce an alliance with the Congress as well as a list of its candidates. After initial hurdles, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress have reportedly initiated a fresh round of talks for the alliance for upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Delhi on Friday.
According to reports, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has given his nod and appointed a senior Congress leader to negotiate the seat-sharing pact with the AAP. After Rahul Gandhi’s go ahead, the Congress is also trying to convince the party’s top Delhi leaders who are against the alliance with the AAP.
Former Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken and current state president Sheila Dikshit have rejected the idea of an alliance with the AAP. On Friday, Dikshit had turned down a proposal to form a pre-poll alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party for the general elections after holding due deliberation with party workers.
"Top leaders of Congress held discussion over the issue of a tie-up with AAP in Delhi but most of the leaders are not in favour of an alliance with AAP. We will convey our decision to party high command," she had said.
Earlier last month, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that he was tired of convincing the Congress party for forming an alliance but the later refused to understand.
"There should be only one candidate against every BJP candidate, votes must not be divided. I am tired of trying to convince Congress for forming an alliance. But they refuse to understand. If today our alliance with Congress is done, BJP will lose all seven seats in Delhi," Kejriwal had said at an event in Delhi last month.
However, Dikshit had said that he has not talked about the alliance even once. "I want to ask Arvind Kejriwal on what basis has he said this because he has not talked about it even once," she said.
In 2014, the BJP has bagged all the seven Lok Sabha seats at stake in Delhi. Both the Congress and AAP wants to brighten up its fortunes in national capital in the coming Lok Sabha elections.