A day after a few opposition leaders met at NCP leader Sharad Pawar’s residence in New Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said, the Congress has “nearly said no” to an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the national capital.
“We are worried about the country and therefore we are keen on forming an alliance. The Congress has almost said no to an alliance,” Kejriwal said at a press conference.
Kejriwal was present at a meeting of the opposition parties at Sharad Pawar’s residence, which also featured West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu, National Congress chief Farooq Abdullah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
The opposition parties had decided on a pre-poll alliance to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP in the general elections.
“We will work together at the national level. We will have a common minimum agenda. We will have a pre-poll alliance,” Mamata had said after the hour-long meeting.
Endorsing Mamata’s views, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had termed the meeting “constructive” and said they had agreed to have a common minimum programme to defeat the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
“We had a very constructive meeting. We agreed that principal target for all of us is to fight against the assault on institutes being carried out by BJP,” Gandhi told reporters after the meeting.
He added: “We agreed that principal target for all of us is to wipe assault on Indian institutions being carried out by Narendra Modi, BJP and RSS. We agreed to start a conversation about a common minimum programme and we have a commitment that we are all going to work together to defeat BJP.”
Earlier on Wednesday, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had convened the ‘Tanashahi Hatao, Loktantra Bachao’ rally at the Jantar Mantar.
Wednesday’s rally was the second mega rally organised by the opposition against the BJP since the January 19 rally held in Kolkata.