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No poll tie-up, ayaprakash Narayan, Arvind Kejriwal, Telangana Bill, Debate on the Telangana Bill. Maintaining that the meeting was inconclusive, he said there was a need for more in-depth discussions.

Kejriwal makes it clear to JP

New Delhi: Lok Satta Party leader Jayaprakash Narayan on Saturday met Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal here on Saturday, and sought to work closely with the AAP in the run-up to the General Election. But, Arvind Kejriwal ruled out the possibility of any alliance between the two. This leaves Lok Satta with the only option to merge with AAP, but Jayaprakash Narayan refused to commit himself on the issue. “It takes two hands to clap. Nothing can be done in a one-sided manner. Unless the AAP welcomes it, we cannot work together,” Jayaprakash Narayan said after his meeting with Kejriwal. Yet, he felt all was not over yet. If for a larger purpose the two parties need to work together, some way out can be found, he said.

Maintaining that the meeting was inconclusive, he said there was a need for more in-depth discussions. Narayan, who said he would be back in the capital on January 16 to appear before a parliamentary committee, will meet Kejriwal again to continue the discussions. He declared that the Lok Satta Party would contest in all the 294 Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh. On Telangana, JP said he has a very clear-cut solution on how to arrive at an amicable settlement for both the regions, and he will unveil his plan only on the floor of the Assembly, when he participates in the debate on the Telangana Bill.

Narayan said his association with Team Kejriwal dates back to several years and he said the Lok Satta unit in Bengaluru was instrumental in the launch of the ‘India Against Corruption’ forum that spearheaded the Anna Hazare Movement. At the meeting on Saturday, JP said he, Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan, Manish Sisodia and Chetan Bhagat were present. Emphasis was on the need to avoid any division in the movement for clean politics. “There is a need to strengthen each other and work with each, in order to complement each other. There is need for more in-depth discussions,” he said. JP underlined the need to work out the modalities, in order to avoid fragmentation.

The Lok Satta movement is 18-years-old and the Lok Satta Party is seven-years-old. It could not achieve remarkable political success like AAP. It, however, managed to bring about important changes in the system. The party is responsible for several revolutionary changes in political funding and for the legislations like Lokpal, he said.

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