AAP’s Condition for Opposition Unity
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has set forth a new condition for the united opposition. Following the Delhi Ordinance issue, AAP has stated that the Congress should not impose Rahul Gandhi as the face of the opposition. AAP’s national spokesperson, Priyanka Kakkar, emphasized that Congress must refrain from projecting Rahul Gandhi as their leader for the third time.
Direct Dialogue between Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi
During a meeting held in Patna, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal directly addressed Rahul Gandhi regarding the Delhi Ordinance matter. Kejriwal urged Gandhi to take a stand and announce that he will not be the opposition’s leader for the third time. The AAP leader hinted at the Congress party’s often-quoted mission of safeguarding the Constitution and stated that prioritizing the interest of the nation is more crucial.
AAP’s Firm Stand on Alliance with Congress
AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal, along with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha, and Sanjay Singh, attended a major opposition party meet in Patna on June 23. However, the AAP leaders left the meeting after lunch and did not participate in the joint statement. Later, AAP issued a statement from Delhi expressing that forming an alliance with the Congress would be challenging if the Congress does not support AAP on the Delhi Ordinance issue.
Kejriwal’s Direct Communication with Rahul; Mamata’s Call for Reconciliation
Kejriwal had a direct conversation with Rahul Gandhi at the Patna meeting, urging him to set aside differences and move forward. In response, Rahul Gandhi mentioned the need for a process to discuss the ordinance. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, present at the meeting, suggested that Kejriwal and Gandhi resolve their differences over tea or lunch.
Counterclaims and Allegations
During the meeting, Mallikarjun Kharge responded to AAP’s allegations, stating that AAP spokespersons have been making baseless accusations against the Congress. In retaliation, Priyanka Kakkar escalated the attack by claiming that Rahul Gandhi and the BJP have reached an agreement, wherein the Congress will support the Delhi Ordinance.
Congress leader Ajay Maken highlighted Kejriwal’s support for the abrogation of Article 370 and questioned the identity of the alleged “B team.”
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