Delhi Congress: No Alliance with AAP for Lok Sabha elections 2019
Updated:  Sep 28, 2018, 09:40 AM
The Congress will not have any alliance with the AAP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections says Delhi Congress. The statement came after Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel advocated participation of the AAP in the proposed grand alliance of opposition parties to take on the BJP.
Delhi Congress chief spokesperson Sharmishtha Mukherjee and senior leader Chatar Singh said Congress leaders and Party workers are against any alliance with the AAP, whose vote share is "fast eroding", for 2019 Parliamentary elections.
They said, "Congress will have no alliance with Aam Aadmi Party in the Parliamentary elections in Delhi in 2019."
There is "no change in the Congress stand" that it will not have any tie-up with the AAP in the Parliamentary elections in 2019, they said in reference to Mr Goel's statement.
The Delhi Assembly Speaker also said that participation of AAP in proposed 'Mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) will be in the interest of Delhi and the country.
Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken made a statement after a meeting with the district Congress committees on June 2 this year. He said, said that the Congress workers and leaders of Delhi do not want any electoral understanding with Arvind Kejriwal's party in the 2019 Parliamentary elections."
Congress leaders claimed that AAP who had won 67 out of 70 Assembly seats in the 2015 Assembly elections in Delhi is struggling to maintain their popularity. AAP has been fast "eroding".
Talkin about vote share they said AAP came down to 26 per cent in last year's municipal corporation elections while the vote percentage of Congress went up from 9.5 per cent to 26 per cent.
"Congress graph has been steadily going up since the 2015 Assembly elections. The average vote percentage of the Congress in elections held following 2015 Assembly polls in Delhi had been 26.24 per cent while that of the AAP came down to 28 per cent from as high as 56-57 per cent," they claimed.
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