Chandigarh: Leaders of the Punjab Congress strongly opposed any coalition with the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the state for the coming elections on Tuesday. On Wednesday, AAP leader and Punjab cabinet minister Anmol Gagan Maan declared that there would be no alliance between the AAP and the Congress in Punjab.
Gagan Maan said the AAP would contest all 13 seats in the Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. There would be no seat-sharing arrangement with the Congress, said the state tourism minister at a press conference in Chandigarh.
She said the decision of not having the alliance in Punjab has been taken by the state unit under the leadership of the chief minister
This is a setback to the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
After the conclave in Mumbai last week, the 28-party opposition bloc including Congress and AAP declared that they intend to contest the next general election together “as far as possible”.
Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring on Tuesday told reporters that the Congress would contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab.