Are Congress and AAP forming an alliance in Delhi to contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls?
New Delhi, June 2: In the last few weeks, especially after the Karnataka Assembly elections and the recent by-polls in 11 states, the opposition parties seem to be determined to contest the big 2019 Lok Sabha elections together against the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre.
Although the unity in the opposition parties is mostly the handiwork of the regional parties like the Trinamool Congress of West Bengal and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi of Telangana, the Congress in order to avoid being left out in all these political parleys is also reaching out to important regional players.
After forming the government in Karnataka by stitching a quick post-poll alliance with the Janata Dal (Secular) (JD(S)), now reports say that the Congress is all set to form an alliance with its former bitter rival Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats, there are seven in Delhi. In the 2014 General Elections, the BJP won all the seven seats in the national capital. The Congress is hoping that by forming an alliance with the ruling AAP in Delhi its chances will be little better in 2019 than it was in 2014.
On Friday, the Congress announced that it will contest the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka with the JD(S). Reports also say that the Congress will form an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections.
According to ANI, the AAP approached the Congress to form an alliance in Delhi. The AAP has proposed that it will field five candidates from Delhi and the rest two seats will have Congress candidates in the 2019 elections.
The Congress, however, demanded three out of the seven seats in the national capital. Unless both the parties don't arrive at a conclusion, the alliance between the two former bitter rivals seems unlikely.
However, a recent tweet by Delhi chief minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal praising the former Congress Prime Minister Manmohan Singh indicates that the former rivals are ready to forget their past to defeat the Narendra Modi government next year.
Kejriwal on Thursday after attacking the Modi government on various issues stated that the nation is "missing an educated PM like Dr Manmohan Singh". "People missing an educated PM like Dr Manmohan Singh--PM should be educated. It's dawning on people now that the PM should be educated," Kejriwal tweeted.
People missing an educated PM like Dr Manmohan Singh— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 31, 2018
Its dawning on people now -“PM तो पढ़ा लिखा ही होना चाहिए।” https://t.co/BQTVtMbTO2
Kejriwal had also attended the swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy in May. The swearing-in ceremony was dubbed as a show of strength and unity of the Opposition against the Modi government.
Many also believe that if the Congress and the JD(S) can iron out their differences in Karnataka to form the government, the AAP and the Congress alliance also does not look impossible. Only time will tell if the Congress-AAP alliance will be a reality or not in the future.