Days after Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal’s Twitter spat over an alliance in Delhi for the Lok Sabha elections, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit on Saturday said Congress would announce the names of candidates for the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital in a couple of days.
She was talking to reporters after inaugurating a control room at the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) office for the Lok Sabha election campaign on Saturday when she made the announcement.
“The party will announce the candidates on Sunday or day after,” Dikshit said, ending speculation over AAP-Congress alliance.
AAP, on the other hand, has already ruled out chances of an alliance in Delhi.
Few days ago, Congress president Rahul Gandhi hit out at AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejirwal for “making a U-turn” on alliance talks. Gandhi had also said that Congress is willing to give up 4 of the 7 Lok Sabha seats in Delhi for AAP.
Kejriwal hit back within minutes and said that Rahul Gandhi never intended to form the alliance and Congress is only splitting anti-Modi votes in different states.
Earlier, AAP had demanded that the seat-sharing pact should give the party at least 33 seats in Haryana, Punjab and Goa along with Delhi. This did not go down well with the Congress and the talks fell through.
When asked about her fighting the polls from Chandni Chowk, Sheila Dikshit said, “I have also heard about it. Let the party decide.”
AAP has already announced candidates for all 7 Lok Sabha seats in Delhi while Congress is expected to do the same on Sunday or Monday. Meanwhile, BJP is yet to make any such announcements.
Delhi will go to polls in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections on May 12.
The Congress centralised control room that was launched on Saturday will coordinate with the control rooms in all the seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi and disseminate relevant information regarding the Congress candidates’ election campaign, the DPCC said.
There are seven separate desks at the DPCC control room to collate information from all the seven parliamentary constituencies, including the detailed campaign schedule, meetings and other programmes of each of the Congress candidate, it said.
There is also a separate legal desk at the control room to advise the candidates on the legal matters that may arise during the election campaign.
The control room will use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Shakti App, WhatsApp, SMS and voice call extensively for the election campaign.
It will also provide information regarding UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s public meetings and Congress president Rahul Gandhi and AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s road shows, the DPCC said.