Sources said AAP is understood to have expressed its willingness to offer three of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi to Congress with the assumption that AAP will be accommodated on one Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat, three in Haryana, and one in Goa.
AAP is also understood to have offered six of the 13 seats to Congress in Punjab-the number of seats it won in 2019-a state where Congress leaders have vehemently opposed the idea of allying with AAP in Lok Sabha polls.
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AAP’s initial offer, which is likely to be vetted internally by Congress both at the headquarters and in states, may go through a few iterations before it is accepted. In Delhi, however, Congress is learnt to have expressed its keenness to contest the East Delhi, North East and Chandni Chowk seats.
Apart from Congress’s national alliance committee convenor Mukul Wasnik, former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, senior Congress leaders Salman Khurshid, Mohan Prakash and Delhi PCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, AAP leaders Sandeep Pathak and Delhi ministers Atishi and Saurabh Bharadwaj discussed the possibilities of seat sharing.
“We had in-depth discussions regarding seat sharing and on various other topics. We will meet again after a few days and the final discussion on seat sharing will take place. We will give a final shape to the seat-sharing plans later. We will contest the election together with vigorous preparations and defeat BJP… It will not be proper to reveal what transpired during the discussions. One has to wait for some time. We have already decided to contest the election together. Congress and AAP are important constituents in the INDIA bloc,” Wasnik said.
The leaders are also understood to have agreed to coordinate closely and to set up a joint war room for strategic management as the next step after seat-sharing terms are finalised.