No fresh attempt to forge alliance with Congress: Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the Congress has refused to enter into an electoral alliance with his party in Delhi for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. He said the two parties are not in talks with each other.

The Delhi Chief Minister claimed that reports in the media that said talks between his party and the Congress had been finalised were planted by the Congress.

Kejriwal’s comments come hours after sources said his AAP, through Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar who has stepped in as mediator between the two parties, made a fresh attempt to forge an alliance with the Congress in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.

Sources say AAP is willing to let the Congress contest on two seats in Delhi, keeping five for itself. In Punjab, AAP wants to contest on three, and wants Congress to fight on 10; and in Haryana, AAP two and Congress four.

Reports suggest that the Congress is upset with AAP offering only one of Delhi’s seven seats in a tie-up; the Congress wants three.

Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit has strongly opposed the idea of a tie-up between the two parties, but says she would follow whatever the Congress’ high command decides. Sources say other Delhi Congress leaders want the tie up and have written to Mr Gandhi.

Sharad Pawar, who is mediating between the Congress and AAP, on Tuesday separately met Congress leader and AAP’s Sanjay Singh. He is also expected to meet Rahul Gandhi, who will take a final decision.