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AAP-Congress to contest Lok Sabha polls in Delhi together, says politician Ashutosh

AAP-Congress to contest Lok Sabha polls in Delhi together, says politician Ashutosh

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 06 Jan 2019, 02:32 pm

New Delhi, Jan 6 (IBNS):  Ashutosh, a journalist-turned-politician, has claimed that the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party might contest the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi together.

They may even fight the polls in Punjab together, the politician said.

In a piece that Ashutosh wrote for news portal Satya Hindi, published on January 1, he says that between AAP and Congress, it was Kejriwal who proposed the idea of the alliance first, reported News18.

"The truth is that Kejriwal decides what happens in AAP. And Kejriwal wants an alliance with Congress. He has been pushing for it for the past one year. Some other parties have also worked as communication channels for AAP and Congress," he said.

He adds that a big impediment to this alliance was Congress’ Delhi unit. It is in this light that another piece published on Friday in the same portal analyses Delhi Congress chief – Ajay Maken’s resignation, reported News 18.

“Congress’ Delhi unit kept telling the party high command that it shouldn’t get into alliance with AAP that is continually becoming unpopular in the capital," the politician wrote.

He wrote the alliance will help both the parties win all the seven seats in Delhi.

He said failure in joining the alliance will split votes and help the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Ashutosh said that if the deal is inked in Delhi then it will also pave way for a similar alliance in the 13 seats of Punjab.

Punjab is currently ruled by the Congress.

Ajay Maken resigns:

Senior party leader Ajay Maken has stepped down as the Congress Delhi chief last week.

He was made the chief of the party in the national capital four years ago after the Congress suffered a defeat in the Assembly polls.

The Aam Aadmi Party had ended ex-Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit's 15-year Congress run in the national capital in 2013.

Lok Sabha polls:

Maken resigned from the position just months before the country is going to elect a new Prime Minister. The Lok Sabha polls are scheduled to be held this year.

The polls are significant at a time when the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party suffered major defeats in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan in the last assembly polls of 2018. The Congress returned to power in the states by removing the BJP government.


Image: twitter.com/ashutosh83B

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