New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday gave an alliance offer to the Congress in Delhi, barely days after announcing that it will contest in all 13 seats in Punjab. However, a sharp jibe accompanied the offer as Arvind Kejriwal’s party said the Congress doesn’t deserve even a single seat in the national capital on merit.
AAP MP Sandeep Pathak said the AAP wants the Congress party to contest only on one of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. The rest of the seats, per the offer, will be contested by the ruling party.
“On merit basis, Congress party does not deserve even a single seat in Delhi but keeping in mind the ‘dharma of alliance’ we are offering them one seat in Delhi. We propose the Congress party to fight on 1 seat and AAP on 6 seats,” he said.
In the 2019 general elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party pulled off a clean sweep, winning all the seven seats. The Congress was the runners up with over 22 percent votes. The AAP was third on the list.
However, since then, AAP has performed well in Delhi as well as Punjab. The party defeated the BJP and the Congress in the Delhi Assembly elections and the municipal polls. It also dislodged the Congress government in Punjab.
AAP and the Congress party are INDIA bloc allies and have been discussing seat-sharing agreements in Punjab and Delhi. However, their state units have shown reluctance in stitching an alliance.
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Last week, Arvind Kejriwal announced that AAP will contest all 13 seats in Punjab and one in Chandigarh, calling the curtain on the alliance in the state.
“Two years back, you gave us blessings. You gave 92 out of 117 seats to us (in Assembly elections), you created history in Punjab. I have come to you with folded hands, asking for one more blessing. Lok Sabha elections will be held in two months. For Lok Sabha elections, Punjab has 13 seats and one from Chandigarh – a total of 14 seats. In the next 10-15 days, AAP will declare its candidates in all of these 14 seats. You have to make AAP sweep all these 14 seats with a majority,” he said at an event on Saturday.
The announcement came weeks after the two parties unsuccessfully contested the Chandigarh mayoral elections together.
The Congress hasn’t responded to the offer yet. It is expected that it will bargain for more seats in the national capital.