Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge and party MP Rahul Gandhi convened a meeting where they discussed the battle strategy for 2024.
Top Congress leader’s statement to contest every seat from India’s capital seems to have created a stir within the AAP, a member of the newly formed opposition bloc INDIA.
Top Congress leaders conducted a three-hour-long discussion at the meeting today. Alka Lamba, a Congress leader, informed ANI that every leader has been asked to prepare for all seven seats in Delhi for the impending 2024 election.
AAP Expresses Surprise
The AAP was taken aback by this statement. Deepak Babaria, the Congress in-charge for Delhi, swiftly stepped in to clear the air.
According to Babaria, the statement was merely Alka Lamba’s individual viewpoint. He clarified there was no discussion on seat distribution in the meeting.
Although surprises haven’t ceased, preparations are in full swing. Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP chief, alongside Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann plans to campaign in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on August 19 and 20.
The AAP seems to ponder on the validity and need for the INDIA alliance after the Congress leader’s surprising statement. “What is the justification for the INDIA alliance after such comments? Arvind Kejriwal ji should decide on the future course of action,” stated Vinay Mishra, AAP leader, with an undertone of urgency and concern.
No one seems to have forgotten how the AAP emerged unexpectedly on the political scene, leaving Congress dumbfounded in the 2015 Delhi elections.
Will the bitterness from the stark defeat in 2015 ever fade? Anil Chaudhary and Ajay Maken of the Delhi Congress have hinted towards potential issues in the possible alliance with AAP.
Uncertainty Over Seat-Sharing Arrangement
Although AAP leader and Delhi minister Saurabh Bhardwaj claims that the seat-sharing arrangement is far from finalized, Alka Lamba’s statement raises eyebrows. The question remains – when will clarity emerge on the issue of seat distribution?
This incident truly displays the intricate dynamics of Indian political alliances. Nothing is certain until the final announcement has been made, until then, all we have is speculation!