LS elections 2019: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar plays ‘mediator’ amidst AAP-Congress alliance impasse


New Delhi: NCP Leader Sharad Pawar intervened in the ongoing war of words and possible alliance discussions in Delhi between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress.

PTI quoted sources as saying the Congress leadership is in talks with AAP leaders, while ANI reported that NCP leader Sharad Pawar had stepped in to help stitch together an alliance that can take on the BJP. There was no comment on whether Pawar had made any headway in his mediation efforts.

This intervention of the NCP comes after the Delhi Congress unit’s divergent views on an AAP-Congress tie up came to a head when Delhi Congress Chief Sheila Dikshit went on-record to convey her disagreement with leaders within the Delhi Congress on joining hands with the AAP.

Dikshit’s letter was in response to a recent ‘phone survey’ by AICC’s Delhi in Charge PC Chacko to guage the ‘mood’ of party workers in the capital and their opinion on a Congress-AAP tie up.

AICC general secretary in-charge of Delhi Congress PC Chacko said, “I am in consultation with Congress party leaders in Delhi on the possibilities of forging an alliance with AAP.

“The Congress Working Committee has decided to align with like-minded parties across the country to defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha elections.

“I hope Delhi Congress leaders also go by this sentiment and decide on an alliance with AAP, but a final decision will be taken by the Congress president very soon,” Chacko told PTI.

Chacko’s views are at variance with Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit, who has made it clear that aligning with AAP will not be in the party’s interests keeping in view the assembly election in the national capital slated later.

Dikshit, and three working presidents Haroon Yusuf, Devender Yadav and, Rajesh Lilothia, were also reportedly unhappy over Chacko’s phone survey through Shakti app to determine views of party workers on the alliance.

As per reports, Dikshit has said that she would however “fully endorse and support” whatever final decision the leadership takes on the issue.

The Lok Sabha election is slated for May 12 in Delhi. Earlier, the Congress had decided to go it alone in the national capital, prompting an angry outburst from AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal.

(With inputs from agencies)