New Delhi: The efforts to forge an alliance between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi are still on. According to sources, Congress has, on its part, offered the last formula to the AAP for the alliance.
According to sources, under the new formula, the Congress gets three seats in Delhi. But the grand old party will offer the AAP just one seat in Haryana and none in Punjab.
If the AAP accepts this arrangement, its alliance with the Congress will be formed. Otherwise, the Congress go it alone in all the seven seats in the capital.
According to sources in the AAP, no formal message has been received from the Congress. The AAP has declared its candidates for six seats in Delhi already.
Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit on possible alliance between Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi: You will get to know about it in a matter of few hours, by this evening or by tomorrow. There will be an official announcement. pic.twitter.com/7PLB7S6DZp
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Battle of wits for alliance
AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said Congress president Rahul Gandhi had declined any alliance with his party in Delhi for the Lok Sabha election.
Sirf News has learnt that the Congress met on Saturday to chalk out a formula for the alliance, but Rahul Gandhi had decided not to join hands with the AAP. However, this has not been officially confirmed.
Following a consensus among party leaders, Rahul Gandhi decided that in Delhi the Congress will contest elections alone.
Earlier, the Delhi Congress Working Committee met on Saturday late in the night to finalise candidates for seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital, notwithstanding the ongoing effort to strike an alliance with the AAP. Party sources said that the committee has been given the task of sorting names out of the 80 applications received for seven Lok Sabha seats last month.
A senior party leader said that, on an average, two or three names will be shortlisted for every seat and a new list will be sent to the high command for the final selection of candidates. The Congress president may be requested to mull over the feasibility of the alliance with AAP for one last time.