New Delhi: AAP on Tuesday said it wants to contest six seats in Delhi in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls and offer just one to Congress with Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely asserting theirs is the only party that is highly prepared to contest the polls and seat sharing “cannot be decided at press conferences”.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) asserted that the Congress, which is the senior INDIA bloc ally, does not even deserve even one seat considering its performance in the previous polls in the national capital.
Addressing a press conference here after AAP’s political affairs committee meeting, party’s national general secretary (organisation) Sandeep Pathak said they have been waiting for more than a month for the seat sharing talks for Delhi to resume but there has been no communication (from the Congress).
“There have been two official meetings between Congress and AAP on January 8 and January 12. The talks happened in a good atmosphere but there were no results.
“Following these two official meetings, there has been no meeting in the last one month. We were told that Congress party’s (Bharat Jodo Nyay) Yatra is going on and there will be delay. We got to meet senior Congress leaders during this but even they had no idea,” he said.
The AAP and the Congress have already announced that they will go solo in Punjab in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls since their state leaders have been opposed to forging any alliance in the state.
As seat sharing talks have not been held regarding Delhi for over a month, Pathak said he was “sitting with a heavy heart”.
“These things would not have been necessary if there would have been talks,” he added.
Announcing the seat sharing proposal from the AAP, he said they plan to contest six out of seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi and offer one to the Congress.
“Congress has zero seats in Lok Sabha and zero seats in the assembly. In the MCD elections last year, Congress won nine wards out of 250. If you see on merit basis and on statistics, Congress does not deserve one seat. But keeping in mind the alliance dharma, we offer them one seat,” he added.
He said if talks do not happen, they will announce the names of six candidates for Delhi in the next few days.
The BJP had won all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi in 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, AAP’s vote share was 18.1 per cent and it had bagged the third spot while the Congress had polled in 22.5 per cent of the votes and was second on five of the seven Lok Sabha seats.
The BJP had secured a vote share of 56.5 per cent.
Speaking to PTI about the party’s performance in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Lovely said that the Congress had secured the second place in five seats last time.
“Seats for Lok Sabha cannot be decided at press conferences. If compared, we are most prepared than any other party in Delhi this time. When it comes to party’s performance, everyone knows the results of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Congress was in the second place in five seats then,” Lovely said.
“However, I do not want to comment on any leader and their statements,” he added.
He further stated that Congress is the only party in Delhi that has conducted multiple meetings at all seven Lok Sabha seats.
“Congress is the largest party in the INDIA bloc and we always try our best to work with the other opposition parties because our motive is to save the democracy.
Congress is the only party in Delhi that has conducted multiple meetings at all seven Lok Sabha seats,” he told PTI.