Blame game: Congress, AAP attack each other for delay in alliance

NEW DELHI: Bringing out the alliance talk in public domain, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday blamed each other for the delay in forging an alliance between them in the national capital.

In a tweet, Gandhi said the Congress was willing to give up four of the seven parliamentary seats in Delhi to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

“An alliance between the Congress and AAP in Delhi would mean the rout of the BJP. The Congress is willing to give up four Delhi seats to the AAP to ensure this. But Kejriwal has done yet another U turn! Our doors are still open, but the clock is running out,” Gandhi said.

Responding to the tweet in Hindi, Kejriwal said he had not taken any U-turn and he feels sad over Gandhi’s comments.

“What U-turn? The talks are still going on. Your tweet shows that the alliance is not your wish but just a showoff. I feel sorry that you are making statements. Today, it is very important to save the country from the threat of the Modi-Shah duo. It is unfortunate that you are helping Modi by dividing the anti-Modi vote in UP and other states too,” he said.

On Sunday, when asked about a possible alliance with the Congress in Delhi, Kejriwal said he and his party were ready to do anything to save the country from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.

The talks between the two arch-rivals for an alliance in Delhi has been persisting since June 2018 and is said to be still on despite the AAP’s insistence on an alliance in Haryana and Chandigarh as well.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, AAP got 33.1% votes, Congress polled 15.2%.

[source_without_link]IANS inputs[/source_without_link]