Lok Sabha polls: Haryana on his mind, Arvind Kejriwal dials Rahul Gandhi despite Delhi snub

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Published: March 14, 2019 1:06:12 PM

Haryana has 10 parliamentary seats. The BJP had won seven seats in 2014 while INLD bagged two. The Congress had won just one seat. Both Delhi and Haryana will go to poll in a single phase on May 12.

aap congress alliance 2019, aap congress tie upArvind Kejriwal has asked Rahul Gandhi to contest election together in Haryana

Undeterred by the Congress’ clear refusal to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for a tie-up with Congress for the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, the AAP supremo has given a similar call for stitching an alliance in Haryana. A report in The Indian Express said that Kejriwal reach out to Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of the two parties contesting the elections jointly in Harayana.

The IE report said that Kejriwal proposed before Rahul that they must take on the BJP together to dislodge Narendra Modi from the Centre. He noted that those who want to defeat Modi are huge in the numbers but they are divide, adding that they should come together to fulfil the agenda.

“I have a proposal for Rahul Gandhi. If the AAP, Jannayak Janata Party and Congress come together in Haryana, it will be possible to defeat the BJP in all 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state. This will go a long way in defeating Modi-Shah at the national level,” he said.

The Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) is a faction of INLD led by former Haryana CM Om Prakash Chautala’s elder son Ajay Chautala. The party was launched by Ajay in December last year. In the recently held Assembly bypoll to Jind seat, the AAP had supported JJP’s Dushyant Chautala. The JJP and AAP are likely to contest elections in Haryana together.

Kejriwal, however, added that there is no need of an alliance with the Congress in Delhi because AAP is capable enough of winning all the seven parliamentary seats in the national capital on its own.

“When it comes to Delhi, the AAP is winning without the Congress. Delhiites need not worry,” Kejriwal said.

The AAP was insisting the Congress to join the ranks in the Delhi but the talks couldn’t materialise because of differences in the grand old party’s state unit leadership. Both the AAP and Congress have announced that they will contest the elections solo and exuded confidence of snatching all the seven seats from BJP.

The Delhi Chief Minister also said that the duo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah is dangerous for this country and therefor it is necessary to defeat them.

“Today, the country is divided sharply along those who are Modi bhakts and those who want to defeat him. Those who want to defeat him are more in number, but are divided. Hence, they need to come together as Modi and Shah register victories, taking advantage of the lack of unity,” he said.

Meanwhile, Congress’ Haryana unit chief Ashok Tanwar has opposed joining the ranks with AAP. Ashok said that Kejriwal’s party has no base in the state and that he should focus in Delhi.

“If he and his other colleagues are serious about defeating Modi, he should offer unconditional support to the Congress the way they had supported JJP in the Jind byelection. This is just public posturing, nothing else,” he said.

Former Haryana CM and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda too said that the grand old party can sweep elections in the state on its own. But he added that the party’s leadership will take a final call as far as alliance with AAP is concerned.

“JJP is a non-existent party. Kejriwal has already seen (the fate of his party) by contesting polls in Haryana,” Hooda said.

Haryana has 10 parliamentary seats. The BJP had won seven seats in 2014 while INLD bagged two. The Congress had won just one seat. Both Delhi and Haryana will go to poll in a single phase on May 12.

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