Congress will not forge an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, state party chief Sheila Dikshit said on Tuesday
Her statement comes after a meeting with Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi had called a meeting of Congress leaders in Delhi to hold discussions on an alliance with the AAP.
The meeting comes days after the AAP announced names of party candidates on six of seven seats in Delhi for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
According to sources, the party had offered two seats to the Congress in Delhi and was open for an alliance in Punjab as well.
Earlier on Friday, a Congress leader had said that party’s central leadership was in the process of persuading those Delhi leaders who had been against a tie-up with the AAP. However, the talks do not seem to have been fruitful.
Earlier in February, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal while urging the people to not allow votes to be divided, had said the Congress has refused to form an alliance with AAP in Delhi for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
He had also said that if the Congress agrees to the alliance, the Bharatiya Janata Party would lose all the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital.
During a meeting of ‘Mahagathbandhan’, leaders at NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s residence last month, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had refused a proposal for an alliance between his party and the AAP, citing opposition from its Delhi unit leaders.