NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday poured cold water on claims by sources in Congress that an alliance between the two parties had been stitched up for the Lok Sabha elections with consensus on a 4:3 formula. AAP sources reiterated the party will give Congress as many seats in the national capital as it gets in Haryana.
In fact, they spelt out that the party had Gurgaon, Faridabad and Karnal on its wishlist. If AAP gets its wish, the sources said, it will extend support to the Congress candidate in Chandigarh.
“It was decided at a meeting that the alliance should be for 18 LS seats (seven in Delhi, 10 in Haryana and one in Chandigarh). If Congress does not agree on this, there will be no alliance,” said another AAP source.
The decision was reportedly taken at a meeting chaired by party chief Arvind Kejriwal and attended by deputy CM Manish Sisodia, MP Sanjay Singh and AAP’s Delhi convener, Gopal Rai.
Earlier, in the morning, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi met Delhi unit chief Sheila Dikshit at his residence and gave a formal nod for an alliance, said party sources, though no formal announcement was made. Rahul, it is learnt, also asked senior party functionaries P C Chacko and KC Venugopal to work out the modalities. Senior party members Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad are already in touch with AAP on seat distribution.
The meeting with Gandhi was followed by a detailed discussion between senior Delhi leaders at Dikshit’s residence, which was also attended by Chacko and Delhi co in-charge Kuljeet Singh Nagara. Dikshit, however, refused to comment saying the meetings were “closed-door”. Sources, however, said the party is preparing to contest from New Delhi and Chandni Chowk constituencies and still discussing with AAP whether they will get West or North West Delhi. They also discussed names of their probable candidates.
The sources said Rahul also met leaders of the Haryana unit and indicated that the party should work out a seat distribution formula with AAP and Jannayak Janta Party, a breakaway faction of Indian National Lok Dal. Out of the 10 LS seats in Haryana, the party was willing to give one seat to AAP and two to JJP.