No talks with AAP for alliance in Haryana, Punjab: Congress

Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the party is yet to reach a decision on stitching an alliance with the AAP in the national capital.

Published: 07th April 2019 04:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th April 2019 09:57 AM   |  A+A-

Randeep Surjewala, AICC, Congress

AICC spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala (Photo | File/PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Sunday ruled out an alliance with Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party in Haryana and Punjab for the Lok Sabha elections. 
Surjewala also told the media  that the party is yet to reach a decision on stitching up an alliance with the AAP in the national capital.  

“There is no conversation or alliance with the Aam Aadmi party either in Haryana or Punjab. There is no talk on alliance with any party, including the AAP, either in Haryana or in Punjab. We are soon going to declare our candidates (for the two states),” Surjewala said Sunday at a press conference where the Congress unveiled its campaign slogan for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls ‘Ab Hoga Nyay’. “The party is yet to reach a decision on forging an alliance with the AAP in Delhi.”

CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL ELECTION COVERAGE 

On Saturday, the AAP had said after a meeting of Kejriwal and senior leaders Sanjay Singh, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai that it will enter into an alliance with the Congress in Delhi only if the latter agreed for the same in Haryana and backed its demand for full statehood to Delhi.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi had on Saturday discussed the issue with senior party leaders, including Delhi Congress President and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

The AAP had conveyed to the Congress leadership that it wants Faridabad, Gurugram and Karnal seats, besides demanding the latter makes an open announcement to support its demand of statehood.

The logic behind the stand was that the AAP leadership felt a tie up with the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) and the Congress could trounce the BJP in all 10 Lok Sabha seats of Haryana.

Party insiders had claimed that the local leadership of Congress party in Haryana is ready for an alliance, unlike in Punjab where senior Congress leader and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is not ready to cede any ground to the AAP.

Delhi, Punjab and Haryana account for seven, thirteen and ten Lok Sabha seats, respectively. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp