oppn parties Congress And AAP: Going Their Own Ways

News Snippets

  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
  • Pakistan opens its airspace for Indian planes
  • Dilapidated building collapses in Mumbai, killing more than 10 people while many were still trapped
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict to be delivered today by the ICJ
  • A Vistara flight landed in Lucknow with just 5 to 10 minutes of fuel left in the tank
  • Supreme Court to decide on Karnataka MLAs plea today
  • Karnataka alliance to face floor test on Thursday
  • China says that the next Dalai Lama will be appointed by it
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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Congress And AAP: Going Their Own Ways

By Linus Garg

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Sunil Garodia Linus tackles things head-on. He takes sides in his analysis and it fits excellently with our editorial policy. No 'maybe's' and 'allegedly' for him, only things in black and white.
With the Congress declaring candidates for 6 Delhi seats, the unity talks with AAP are now dead and buried. AAP had already declared candidates for all 7 seats but only one had filed his nomination. The party had put the nomination of three candidates on hold in the anticipation of a tie-up with the Congress. But the alliance could not be stitched together due mainly to the Congress insistence that Delhi be treated as an isolated case, while AAP wanted a combined discussion for Delhi, Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana. Both Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal threw barbs at each other for scuttling the efforts to unite.

The Congress list includes Sheila Dikshit (North East Delhi) and Ajay Maken (New Delhi). The other candidates are J.P.Agarwal from Chandni Chowk, Arvinder Singh Lovely from East Delhi, Rajesh Lilothia from North West Delhi- SC and Mahabal Mishra from West Delhi. The Congress did not name anyone from South Delhi, where its originally selected candidate, Ramesh Kumar, the brother of anti-Sikh riot accused Sajjan Kumar met with stiff resistance from Sikh groups. The surprise omission was Kapil Sibal, but that was more due to his own reluctance to fight in three-cornered contests.

Although Arvind Kejriwal displayed uncharacteristic pliancy – bordering on capitulation – to enter into an alliance with the Congress, the latter was adamant that it would not leave any seats for AAP in Punjab where it thinks that it can win all seats on its own. But one feels that this will hand all seven seats in Delhi to the BJP. It also shows that talks of opposition unity are just a lot of hot air. At crunch time, inflated egos and desire to protect own turf take precedence over the wish to unseat Narendra Modi. With all opinion polls showing a tough fight, a few seats snatched from the BJP in Delhi would have mattered a lot. Both the parties have missed a huge opportunity by not allying in Delhi.