23 Jun 2024

Will Aam Aadmi Party and Congress part ways? What Alka Lamba said?

The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) entered into alliance for the Lok Sabha elections-2024. But this alliance appears to be falling apart even before the new Lok Sabha's first session. Despite coming together in Delhi, Haryana, and Gujarat for the elections, leaders from both parties are now pushing for a separation. 

Former All India Mahila Congress President Alka Lamba has been vocal about the alliance's shortcomings, proposing that it should be reconsidered at the state level.

Alka Lamba remarked, "The Congress has faced significant losses due to this alliance. We conceded four seats in Delhi and the Kurukshetra seat in Haryana, and AAP also lost in Gujarat. AAP couldn't perform well anywhere and suffered from anti-incumbency in Delhi." 

Lamba further stated that, in her opinion, continuing the alliance in Delhi for the upcoming assembly elections would not be beneficial for Congress.

There was an alliance in Delhi, Haryana and Gujarat

Alka Lamba has previously been an MLA on the ticket of Aam Aadmi Party, but in 2019 she went back to Congress.

In the Lok Sabha elections, seats were divided between Congress and Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, Gujarat and Haryana. Under this, Aam Aadmi Party had fielded candidates in New Delhi, East Delhi, South Delhi and West Delhi in Delhi, while Congress got three seats - North Delhi, North-West Delhi and Chandni Chowk.

Congress contested nine out of 10 seats in Haryana, while the Kurukshetra seat went to AAP and out of 26 seats in Gujarat, two seats of Bharuch and Bhavnagar were given to Aam Aadmi Party. But AAP could not win any of these seats.

AAP has also talked about ending alliance

In Punjab, both parties ran in the elections independently. Alka Lamba stated, "Our decision regarding AAP in Punjab was that we will not form an alliance with them because they had a government there and we may have to bear the brunt of voters' displeasure. Congress won seven seats in Punjab against AAP's four."

Following the Lok Sabha results on June 4, AAP's senior leader Gopal Rai mentioned on June 6 that the alliance between Congress and AAP was solely for the Lok Sabha elections. He clarifyied that there would be no alliances with any party for the Delhi Assembly elections.

Furthermore, Delhi's Education Minister, Atishi, is currently on a hunger strike addressing the water crisis in Delhi. However, Congress is also criticizing AAP on this matter.

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