Elections 2019: Congress-AAP is all about the drama

One day they say they are seeing each other. The next they are calling each other names. The day after that they try to woo each other. Then again, they hiss and spit. Okay, they now look sorted out. Probably they are hitting it off – but oh no! They are back to b*tching about one another!

The two, of course, are the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party.

Probably for the 356th time, the two parties ‘kind of’ declared last week that their talks to go together in Delhi have failed and they would be going their separate ways.

But by then, nobody was really interested in the story.  

“It is worse than teenage love,” says a journalist. “If they were individuals they would be recommended to see some counsellor.”

This time, the tie-up, which was never really on, is off because- wait for it- AAP said that it can align with the Congress in Delhi provided the Congress agree to align with it in Haryana.

But wait, there is a further twist in the tale: AAP is already in an alliance with the JJP (Jannayak Janata Party), whose chief Dushyant Chautala has officially ruled out any understanding with the Congress.

Correct us if we are wrong here: AAP has been talking to the Congress despite its (AAP’s) existing partner not being in favour of any kind of tie-up with the Congress.

A copybook definition of political promiscuity.

“The whole thing has turned out to be a farce. It is so silly and tragic that it has become comical,” says the journalist.

The on-off relationship between the Congress and the AAP is also seen as being symptomatic of their entire campaign. While the AAP is no longer the force that it promised to be a few years back, it can at least be excused for being a small player, and also given to mercurial mood swings because of its tempestuous leader.

But the Congress has higher stakes. It is taking on the might of the BJP, which is a battle-fit unit. “Especially in a closely-fought election, you would expect the Congress to be more pragmatic and also accommodative. As it is panning out, looks like every seat is going to count, but the Congress may end up paying for its cavalier attitude,” says Preethi Chand, a Delhi-based analyst.

“The AAP was always going to play difficult to get. The onus was on the Congress. It should have called the AAP’s bluff right at the start and avoided all this drama. Or showed some humility and roped in the AAP,” she adds.

This lack of firmness one way or the other reflects very badly on the Congress leadership in Delhi. It has made itself the butt of ridicule.

They should take a hint from the title of the (equally awful) film: “Luv Ka The End”.

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