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Lok Sabha polls 2024: ‘Little disappointed…,’ Congress on seat-sharing with Arvind Kejriwal's AAP

INDIA partners AAP and Congress on Saturday announced a seat-sharing pact for Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Chandigarh and Goa.

Congress MP Jairam Ramesh disappointed about seat-sharing between Congress and AAP and the Bharuch seat of Gujarat going to AAP. (PTI)Premium
Congress MP Jairam Ramesh disappointed about seat-sharing between Congress and AAP and the Bharuch seat of Gujarat going to AAP. (PTI)

Congress MP Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said ‘little disappointed but one has to focus on the bigger picture’ while speaking about seat-sharing between Congress and AAP and the Bharuch seat of Gujarat going to AAP.

"...The party has to make some tough decisions keeping in mind the bigger picture. Even I was a little disappointed but decisions are made for the party and not a particular person..." Ramesh said. 

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After weeks of suspense and wrangling over the allotment of seats in the national capital ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, INDIA partners AAP and Congress on Saturday announced a seat-sharing pact for Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Chandigarh and Goa.

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As part of the agreement reached between the ruling party in Delhi and the grand old party, Congress will contest 3 of the 7 Lok Sabha seats in the national capital while the AAP will field candidates in the remaining 4 constituencies.

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At a joint press conference of top leaders of the two parties in the national capital on Saturday, Congress general secretary and MP Mukul Wasnik said his party will contest the Chandni Chowk, North East and North West seats in the Lok Sabha elections.

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The general elections in the national capital will mark the first time since independence that the members of the Gandhi family will vote for another party in the New Delhi constituency, a seat the grand old party has set aside for the AAP.

The Congress is likely to allocate AAP one seat in Haryana while AAP will display full support to Congress in the fight for Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, as per sources. Moreover, the ongoing seat-sharing talks, the AAP is believed to have demanded three seats from the Congress in Gujarat.

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Goa president Amit Palekar said that his party has decided to let Congress contest in both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa as their rival, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been able to win in the state "only because of split of votes." He pointed that 67 per cent of voters in Goa have been voting against BJP and hence in the larger interest of the INDIA bloc the seat-sharing pact was decided upon.

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Published: 25 Feb 2024, 09:05 AM IST
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