The Aam Aadmi Party, on Saturday, once again backtracked on their much-touted alliance with the Congress, saying it is impossible to ally with a party which refuses to ally with them anywhere else.
Recently, when asked in the media about the 4:3 seat sharing formula proposed by the Congress, Deputy CM of Delhi, Manish Sisodia replied by saying giving three seats to the grand old party in the national capital would mean “giving three seats to the BJP.” Congress first proposed 6:3:1 seat sharing formula to the AAP in Haryana where six seats would be for itself, three for Janayak Janata Party and one seat for AAP. He further said, “Our decision to form an alliance with the Congress was to stop the Modi-Shah duo.”
Endorsing the decision, party leader Sanjay Singh further added, “We had agreed to the entire seat sharing arrangements that the Congress proposed but even then the grand old party backtracked. After discussions with our alliance partner in Haryana JJP we agreed to it but the Congress refused and said they can’t give more than two seats to the JJP and proposed 7:2:1 formula. JJP chief Dushyant Chautala even agreed to that but then the Congress backtracked again on Friday night, saying there is no possibility of formation of any alliance anywhere except Delhi.”
However, AAP is still open for an alliance, provided 5 seats are reserved for the ruling party in Delhi, something that Congress is not ready to accede to. This is not the first time that the party has apparently refused to ally with AAP for the Lok Sabha polls. For all their blunders, if there is one thing that the grand old party knows well, it is their fate with AAP. When they allied to form the government after the 2013 elections, Arvind Kejriwal resigned within 49 days.
We do not need to say what happened next. AAP, however, did not learn from their lessons. Though they locked horns with the grand old party in Punjab, AAP provided external support to the much-touted Mahagathbandhan in the 2017 UP Assembly elections. The rest, as they say, is history.
Despite such disastrous experiences, AAP in their bid to oust PM Modi from power is not hesitating to stoop as low as they can. From riding on the anger against the Congress-led UPA government, AAP has fallen to the very vices they had once claimed to free India from. More than Congress, it is the masses that are wary of their current ambitions. The 2019 Lok Sabha polls will witness if AAP manages to win a seat in Delhi.