The Congress officially made it clear that an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will not materialise if it insisted on seats in Haryana and Punjab.
Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters, Congress’ Delhi in-charge P.C. Chacko said the understanding with AAP was that it would contest on four seats while Congress would contest on three on the basis of vote share of the two parties.
However, Mr. Chacko said AAP changed their demands as its leader Sanjay Singh insisted on having a tie-up in Haryana and Punjab as well.
Mr. Chacko said this was not possible as political situation was different in every State and the party is compelled to go alone. “Even today we are ready to ally with them for Delhi,”said Mr Chacko.
He also revealed that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had authorized him to negotiate with AAP to prevent a split in the anti-BJP votes.
Late on Thursday night, the Congress had finalised four names including former ministers Kapil Sibal for the Chandni Chowk seat and Ajay Maken for the New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency.
On the remaining three seats from Delhi, names for former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for East Delhi and Olympian Sushil Kumar for South Delhi are under consideration.
The names were finalized after a meeting of the Congress Election Committee (CEC).