NEW DELHI, March 20 -- From Delhi to Bihar to Maharashtra, the Congress scrambled to finalise its alliances on Tuesday, a day after the notification for the first phase of voting in the April-May Lok Sabha elections was issued, allowing candidates to start filing nominations.

Suspense continued in Delhi over whether the Congress will join hands with CM Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar stepped in as a dealmaker, presumably after finalising the details of the alliance between his party and the Congress that are yet to be announced. But late on Tuesday, Kejriwal said his party will not have any alliance with the Congress.

In Bihar, Congress leaders familiar with the development ...