Is Possibility Of AAP-Congress Alliance Fading Out Too Soon?
After the Lokpal Movement when Arvind Kejriwal hijacked the mileage of the movement of Anna Hazare, it was expected that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will be coming up as an alternative to Congress and BJP. The defeat of the Congress to AAP in Delhi even pushed that opinion.
But later Arvind Kejriwal lost his credibility as a crusader against corruption and AAP was labeled as B team of Congress. In 2014 elections, AAP didn’t have much success as the party was yet to take the fight to the next level.
A year to go before the Lok Sabha Elections, many political observers expect a direct alliance between AAP and Congress but something like that is yet to happen. Right now it appears that Arvind Kejriwal is getting ready to fight it all alone in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.
AAP has been long expecting a brotherly hug from Congress but Rahul Gandhi has been categorically avoiding such, understanding the consequences of such in the national context.
The way Congress refrained from asking support from AAP for its candidate in the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Election, it has surprised the AAP team even more.
The Congress move wasn’t welcomed by AAP as its Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh went on to say,”If Rahul Gandhi can hug Narendra Modi, why can’t he ask Arvind Kejriwal for support to his party’s candidate?” Even Congress has been sharing cold shoulder with them.
Former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit criticised the AAP leaders for continuing protest in the Lieutenant Governor’s office. She even went on to say that AAP leaders are coming up with excuses for not working at all.
Truly, it is understandable why Congress doesn’t want an alliance with AAP. A century-old party doesn’t want to acknowledge any sort of dependence on any regional party.
To some extent, the leadership comparison is also there where Arvind Kejriwal is ahead than Rahul Gandhi. Any alliance between the two can ultimately be demeaning for the Congress.
Again, any sort of alliance with Congress will be a huge face-lift for AAP. So right now, both the parties are measuring each other’s strengths and weaknesses and an alliance too soon don’t seem to be imminent.