Delhi: Deal done -AAP May Fight 4 Seats, Congress 3

NEW DELHI : In a boost to the I.N.D.I.A. bloc, the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party have reached an agreement on seat sharing in the national capital ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. According to sources, the AAP can contest elections on four seats, whereas the Congress is likely to field its candidates on three seats. The talks on seat-sharing are in the final stage.
AAP can contest elections on New Delhi, North West Delhi, West Delhi, and South Delhi seats, whereas Congress can contest elections on East Delhi, North East Delhi, and Chandni Chowk seats. The Congress currently does not have any Lok Sabha MP or MLA from Delhi.
During the meeting, KC Venugopal and Mukul Wasnik were present from Congress side, while Sandeep Pathak, Saurabh Bhardwaj and Atishi were representing the AAP. In the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha the BJP won all seven seats from Delhi. In the 2004 elections the Congress had won 6 seats and the BJP 1 seat while in 2009 Lok Sabha polls the Congress won all 7 seats in Delhi.
The Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress are closing in on a seat-sharing deal for Delhi, Gujarat, Goa, Chandigarh, and possibly Haryana, ahead of the Lok Sabha election. According to top sources Thursday afternoon, in signs the INDIA bloc – formed last year to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) – may finally be getting its act together.
A formal statement is pending because some details still need to be worked out, Congress sources told this evening An agreement, though, is almost certain since the party knows alliances are crucial if it, and the INDIA bloc, are going to stop the BJP from claiming a third consecutive term. Earlier today sources said an agreement for Delhi – where the AAP is in power – had been completed, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s party to contest four seats and the Congress three. The division of constituencies may take some time.
 Gujarat – P M Modi’s home state –
the AAP will contest two seats. The buzz was that it will fight the Bharuch and Bhavnagar seats, which are held by the BJP’s Mansukhbhai Vasava and Bharti Shiyal, respectively. The AAP has already named its candidates. Bharuch, however, seems to be a sticking point because late Congress veteran Ahmed Patel’s daughter, Mumtaz, wants to contest the seat elected her father thrice between 1977 and 1984. Bharuch has been with the BJP since; the party has not lost after Chandubhai Deshmukh’s 1989 win.
The AAP did not field candidates in the last Lok Sabha election but its has improved since, with strong results in the 2022 Surat civic polls and an impressive five-seat haul in the Assembly election. The Congress, by comparison, performed dismally; the party dropped 60 Assembly seats between 2017 and 2022, and has failed to win a Lok Sabha seat since 2009, when it claimed 11 of 26.The BJP swept the state in the 2014 and 2019 general elections.
AAP-Congress Deal In Chandigarh
In return, the Congress will fight Chandigarh’s sole Lok Sabha seat, which is held by the BJP. Kirron Kher won in 2014 and 2019, but the Congress’ Pawan Kumar Bansal won it for three terms previously. Sources had earlier said the AAP might insist on contesting this seat. The Chandigarh mayoral win is increasingly looking like the jumpstart INDIA needed to prove it can stay together and defeat Mr Modi and his BJP. The UP deal added to that feel-good wave, and the raft of AAP-Congress seat-sharing announcements is set to cap what has been a good week for INDIA.
AAP-Congress Seat-Share Deal In Haryana
In Haryana, the AAP is expected to fight one seat. There are, though, some questions marks here, with the Congress’ state leaders reluctant to surrender space to their ally. Like Gujarat, the BJP dominated this state in the last general election, winning all 10 seats with nearly 60 per cent of votes. The Congress returned with less than 29 per cent of the votes. And, like Gujarat, the AAP did not contest this election. It did not contest the last state poll either, which was in 2019, and saw the BJP score a comfortable win, claiming 40 of 90 seats. The Congress won 31.
AAP-Congress In Goa
The AAP had earlier said Venzy Viegas would fight from South Goa seat, will now withdraw the Benaulim MLA and hand the seat to the Congress, for whom Francisco Sardinha won in 2019. It is unclear which of the two parties will contest the North Goa seat, which is held by the BJP.
No Deal In Punjab
These accords have not, for now, changed the equation in Punjab, where the AAP is set to contest all 13 seats. That was confirmed by Mr Kejriwal last week, who took a swipe at the Congress as he did so. In the last Lok Sabha election the Congress won eight seats here and the AAP just one. Since then, though, fortunes have been completely reversed, with the AAP dominating the 2022 Assembly election; it won 92 of 117 seats.
Meanwhile, On Wednesday the Congress struck a deal with the Samajwadi Party for 17 of Uttar Pradesh’s 80 seats. That was INDIA’s first major deal, and came 24 hours after the AAP-Congress recorded INDIA’s first electoral win – the Chandigarh mayoral election, which was settled by the Supreme Court.
An agreement with the Samajwadi Party also seemed unlikely, as recently as 48 hours ago. That, however, was turned around after Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra stepped in. sources told she reached out personally to SP boss Akhilesh Yadav to work out the minutiae of a deal. Set up in June, the bloc has already lost a key member – Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and, potentially Jayant Chaudhary’s Rashtra Lok Dal.
Bengal’s ruling Trinamool has pulled back to the fringes of the bloc, snubbing seat-share talks after incessant attacks on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee by the Congress’ Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.


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