January 2, 2024 : The political rift between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has escalated, with Congress leaders firing back at AAP leader Bhagwant Mann’s recent remarks. In response to Mann’s ‘Ek Thi Congress’ comment, former Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit labeled AAP as “unreliable” and criticized its leader Arvind Kejriwal for a lack of understanding in alliance politics.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had earlier taken a swipe at Congress, declaring it history in Delhi and Punjab.
Dikshit, addressing AAP’s uncertain stance within the INDIA bloc, questioned whether the two parties would form an alliance for the 2024 general elections in Punjab and Delhi.
“Only AAP knows whether they are part of the INDIA alliance or not. We’ve been constantly saying that they (AAP) are unreliable. Unfortunately, Arvind Kejriwal does not really understand what alliance politics is. If they (AAP) want to be a part of the INDIA alliance, they’ll have to work with other political parties,” Dikshit stated.
Highlighting the incarceration of senior AAP leaders in the liquor policy scam, Dikshit raised concerns about the party’s credibility. “In the coming time, mothers will say that there was a party which can now be found in Tihar jail. Tell me which party has 40% of its leadership in jail and the rest are ready to go?”
The tension between AAP and Congress has been evident in their public expressions of apprehension over forming an alliance. Despite being fierce rivals in Delhi and Punjab, both parties are part of the INDIA bloc, a coalition of 28 Opposition parties against the BJP.
As political dynamics unfold, the uncertainty surrounding AAP’s alliance with Congress remains a focal point, adding an intriguing layer to the upcoming 2024 elections.