New Delhi: Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday clarified that Congress will not ally with Aam Aadmi party ahead of 2019 general election. She emphasized on uniting the Congress party workers and making it more powerful.
Sheila Dikshit in an exclusive interview with ETV Bharat
In an exclusive interview with ETV Bharat she said, "The party doesn't believe in groupism or in any kind of alliance with other political parties."
She further added: "2019 is a crucial year for Congress as new government will form in the country."
When questioned of an alliance with AAP she replied, " Congress will not make any alliance with AAP. We are not making any such statements."
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday appointed former chief minister Sheila Dikshit as the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief, days after Ajay Maken resigned from the post citing ill health, in a bid to strengthen the party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
Making the announcement at the party headquarters here, All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of the party's Delhi unit, P C Chacko said Dikshit will be assisted by three working presidents -- Devender Yadav, Haroon Yusuf and Rajesh Lilotia.
On talks within the Delhi unit about alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Chacko said Congress was fully prepared to contest the parliamentary election on its own.
"The Congress in Delhi is strong enough to fight on its own. We are fully prepared and ready to face the 2019 elections on our own," he said.
Commenting on her appointment as the Delhi Congress unit chief, 80-year-old Dikshit said she felt honoured for the responsibility given to her.
"I will not comment on it and only time will tell," she said when asked about critics pointing fingers at her age. The critics have said her old age would be a challenge to revive the Congress in the national capital.
"I have no message for BJP or AAP, I just want to say that now Congress will be revived," Dikshit said.
Reacting to speculations over Congress-AAP alliance in the city, the former Delhi CM said, "I have no opinion just now that I would like to share. Let me get involved and understand the situation from top to down, then only I will react".