In an interview with IANS, Delhi Cabinet Minister Gopal Rai affirmed that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will not form an alliance with the Congress for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He added that any post-poll alliance will depend on the electoral results, NDTV reported.
When asked about the Congress-AAP alliance before the 2019 general elections, his answer was a clear and firm “No”. He said his party’s main aim is to end BJP’s rule, which he accused of creating obstacles in the development works of the Delhi government, reported NDTV.
“There is no ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) before the elections. There will be one post elections and being its part or not will depend totally on the situation. Our aim is very clear, we want the Modi government to go. We will do all we can to remove the BJP government,” Delhi State Convenor of AAP said.
“We want an end to the dictatorship of the BJP. It has destroyed Delhi. Not helping us in our work is one thing. But they have created hurdles in our work. So, the favourable thing for Delhi will be that BJP should go”, he was quoted as saying.
He stated that AAP’s main concern will be Delhi, Haryana and Punjab in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “We will work hard on the seats where we have a winning trend.”
He defended his party on the controversy related to AAP’s potential Lok Sabha candidate in 2019 Atishi who had to drop her surname ‘Marlena’ as it “sounded Christian”.
Rai replied, “Using (or not using) a surname is a personal matter. A political party cannot decide an individual’s choice. The party is only responsible for political decisions and not personal ones.”
On AAP senior leaders Ashutosh and Ashish Khetan’s resignation, Rai explained, “The party has not accepted the resignations of Ashutosh and Ashish Khetan.” He also said that the party is helpless if they want to move on. He added that AAP will welcome them back with open arms if they wish to rejoin the party, news agency IANS reported.