Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday hit back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi who alleged that the AAP convenor “has done yet another U turn” over the alliance of the two parties in Delhi for the Lok Sabha elections.
Replying to Rahul Gandhi’s tweet, Kejriwal said: "What U-turn? The talks were still going on. Your tweet shows that alliance is not your intention but only a show. It makes me sad that you are only making big statements. Today, saving the nation from the Modi-Shah threat is the most important mission. It is unfortunate that you are splitting the anti-Modi votes in UP and all other states."
कौन सा U-टर्न?अभी तो बातचीत चल रही थी
आपका ट्वीट दिखाता है कि गठबंधन आपकी इच्छा नहीं मात्र दिखावा है।मुझे दुःख है आप बयान बाज़ी कर रहे हैं
आज देश को मोदी-शाह के ख़तरे से बचाना अहं है।दुर्भाग्य कि आप UP और अन्य राज्यों में भी मोदी विरोधी वोट बाँट कर मोदी जी की मदद कर रहे हैं https://t.co/9jnYXJFA0S— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 15, 2019
Rahul Gandhi, speaking for the first time on his Congress party's attempts at forming an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), tweeted: "Our doors are still open, but the clock is running out."
"An alliance between the Congress and AAP in Delhi would mean the rout of the BJP. The Congress is willing to give up four Delhi seats to the AAP to ensure this. But, Mr Kejriwal has done yet another U turn," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
On Friday, the Congress announced that it would fight the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi alone but maintained that it was still willing to form an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party, provided the tie-up is restricted only to the national capital.
Congress' in-charge for Delhi PC Chacko said the party would go it alone in Delhi since the AAP has taken an "impractical stand" by demanding seats in Punjab, Haryana, Goa and Chandigarh.
He, however, said, "We are still ready (for alliance) if AAP is willing to have an alliance in Delhi alone. We want to fight the BJP together."
The AAP had on Wednesday rejected the offer of the grand old party for a tie-up in Delhi. All the routes of alliance with the Congress have been closed, AAP's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh had said.
The Congress was eager for tie-up with the AAP in Delhi. The AAP, in turn, wanted such an alliance to extend to Haryana and Punjab as well. The talks between the two sides derailed after they failed to reach an agreement over seat-sharing in Delhi and Haryana.
(With PTI inputs)