AAP-Congress alliance on cards for 2019 Lok Sabha elections

New Delhi: In a bid to fight out Prime Minister Narendra Modi-BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Congress and AAP are reportedly in talks to form an alliance on the lines of ‘Mahagathbandhan’ in the Bihar assembly elections or the Congress-JD(S) alliance in the recently concluded Karnataka polls.

According to sources, informal talks between the Congress party and AAP started on May 24, with Jairam Ramesh and Ajay Maken representing the former.

As per sources, informal talks between the Congress party and AAP started on May 24, with Jairam Ramesh and Ajay Maken representing the former.

The source, who is in proximity to alliance talks, told the news agency ANI that the AAP approached the Congress for the alliance, with an offer of a 5:2 ratio for seat sharing in Delhi– five seats for the AAP and two for the Congress.

However, the Congress party in response demanded three out of the seven seats, which are- New Delhi for Sharmishtha Mukherjee, Chandni Chowk for Ajay Maken and North West Delhi for Rajkumar Chauhan.

It is being speculated that the talks might have ended on a negative note as AAP is not willing to spare more than two seats.

The speculations about the rumoured alliance got a further boost after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday praised former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Twitter.

It is worthy to note that Kejriwal had earlier been a strong critic of Manmohan Singh going as far to say in 2013 that, “Manmohan failed to check corruption within Congress and his own government”.

However, BJP’s ever-expanding footprint in the country has now made once bitter foes, the best of friends.

“People missing an educated PM like Dr. Manmohan Singh,” he tweeted.

However, it is still not clear whether Congress president Rahul Gandhi has given a green signal to the party to work on the alliance.

Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP appointed Lok Sabha prabharis (in-charges) in five of the seven parliamentary constituencies in the Capital on Friday. The appointees include Atishi Marlena and Raghav Chadha, who were recently removed from the posts of advisors to ministers on the recommendation of the Union Home Ministry.

(With agency inputs)