Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is serious in reaching out alliance with AAP in states like Delhi, Punjab and Haryana, is facing strong opposition from his own party leaders in the national capital. Former Delhi Chief Minister and Delhi Pradesh Congress chief Sheila Dikshit, who has been opposing for any kind of understanding with AAP, has virtually warned the party chief in this regard.
Along with her three working presidents, she wrote to Rahul cautioning him over alliance. Dikshit and working presidents Haroon Yusuf, Devender Yadav and Rajesh Lilothia protested a recent phone survey to gauge workers’ mood on the alliance. They asked the party chief not to have an alliance with the AAP, warning him that will harm the party in the long run.
They have also reportedly expressed reservation over the phone survey, being carried out through Shakti app of the party, which was undertaken by PC Chacko, the AICC incharge of Delhi Congress.
The survey sought views of around 52,000 Delhi Congress workers on whether they supported the party’s alliance with the AAP in Delhi or not. Chacko had said earlier that a report of the survey would be submitted to Gandhi who would take a final call on the issue.
Dikshit had opposed the survey, saying it was “overriding” Gandhi’s decision that the Delhi Congress was against the alliance. Earlier this month, Dikshit, after meeting Gandhi, had claimed that there was unanimity in the party against an alliance with the AAP.
However, opinion seems to be divided in the Congress over the issue. Many believe that it is necessary to have an alliance to take on the BJP as the saffron party is upbeat after air strikes by the Modi government following the Pulwama terror attack.
The opponents of the alliance in the party believe that the move will be “suicidal” as the Congress has to face the Delhi Assembly polls early next year and its main rival will be the ruling AAP.