Both the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have reportedly reached to an agreement to form an alliance in Delhi during forthcoming Lok Sabha election. Both the parties also have shared seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital. Presently, BJP is having these seven seats.
As per the agreement, while both the parties will contest each three seats, the remaining seat will be spared for former union minister and BJP veteran Yashwant Sinha, who had quit BJP few months ago. He has turned to be severe critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi since last four years, though his son Jayant Sinha is a minister in Modi’s cabinet.
Both the parties have been consulting each other with regard to this seat sharing. Delhi Congress chief Ajay Makah, who has been strongly opposing any understanding with AAP, said to be quit the office protesting against such negotiations.
Sources said that AAP will contest on South, East and North East constituencies with Dilip Pandey, Atishi Marlena and Raghav Chadha as its candidates. The Congress will field its candidates from West, North West and Chandni Chowk, leaving New Delhi for Yashwanth Sinha.
Sources also said that the two parties were finalising a seat-sharing deal for Lok Sabha elections in three other states – Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab. In the Assembly elections of 2015, AAP bagged 67 of the 70 seats and the remaining three went to the BJP. The Congress could not even open its account. Last year, in Punjab AAP has emerged as the main opposition getting more seats than SAD-BJP combine.