Electoral alliance with AAP for 2019 elections not on the cards: Congress

New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday clarified that it will not have any electoral alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi for the Parliamentary elections in 2019.

The statement came from Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee and senior leader Chattar Singh.

On Thursday, Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, while addressing a function at the Old Secretariat, said that the AAP will have alliance with the Congress in Delhi for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Reacting to this, Sharmistha Mukherjee said that 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.

However, there is no official statement from the AAP yet.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken had clarified on many occasions that the Congress will not have any electoral alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party.

Sharmistha Mukherjee said that AAP is now on a downward journey as people have lost faith and confidence in the party, which was clearly evident from the recent Punjab Zila Parishad and Block Samiti elections.

She explained that the AAP, which won 67 out of 70 Assembly seats in the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections, is now struggling to keep its flock together as the popularity of the party has been fast eroding. “AAP’s vote share in the Municipal Corporations of Delhi elections in 2017 came down to 26%. On the other hand, the vote percentage of the Congress party has gone up from 9.5% to 26% in the 2017 MCD elections, as the Congress graph has been steadily going up since the 2015 Assembly elections, when four elections were held in Delhi — 13 by-elections to the MCDs, Municipal Corporations of Delhi general elections and by-elections to the Rajouri Garden Assembly constituency and the Bawana Assembly constituency,” she said.

The party leader claimed that the average vote percentage of the Congress party in these elections was 26.24%, while that of the Aam Aadmi Party came down to 28% from a high of 56-57% in the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections.