Sheila completely rules out alliance with AAP

Sheila completely rules out alliance with AAP
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Even as the Aam Aadmi Party has declared candidates for six of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, the Congress leadership has not ruled out an alliance and a final decision is expected to be taken in the few days, notwithstanding the partys Delhi units opposition to any tieup

  • Central party to take final call: Dikshit

New Delhi: Even as the Aam Aadmi Party has declared candidates for six of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, the Congress leadership has not ruled out an alliance and a final decision is expected to be taken in the few days, notwithstanding the party’s Delhi unit's opposition to any tie-up.

Delhi Congress chief and former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday told IANS there will be no alliance with the AAP, but did not say if the central party leadership will concur with her views.

A senior party leader said the objective of both the AAP and the Congress is to defeat the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections, and the possibility of an alliance is not over. “Statements of the AAP leadership show they are keen on an alliance with the Congress,” he said.

Dikshit, however, said there will be no alliance with the AAP. “The Delhi unit has taken a final call. No alliance with the AAP, no, not at all.

From my side it is decided,” she said. Asked if she was ruling out an alliance because it was not in party’s long-term interests, she said “yes’. Answering a query, she said party candidates will be declared once the election dates are announced.

Asked if West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu were sending feelers that there should be a tie-up between the AAP and the Congress in Delhi, she said, “I am not aware of it”.

Asked if the central leadership will go by the decision of the Delhi party unit, Dikshit said, “I don't know. I can’t say. I have said what I need to say on my behalf,” she said.

To a further query whether the high command can take a call, she said, “the high command is high command, please remember that”.

‘There could be strategic reasons behind AAP’s decision’

There could be "strategic reasons" behind the Aam Aadmi Party announcing its candidates on six Lok Sabha seats in Delhi even though it spoke about an alliance to defeat the BJP, the Congress said on Saturday.

It was the AAP’s theory that an alliance with the Congress will help in defeating the BJP in the general elections, but now they have declared candidates on six seats in Delhi, Congress general secretary and the party's in-charge for Delhi PC Chacko said.

“If that theory has vanished now. There could be strategic reasons to announce candidates in Delhi while talking about the need for an alliance with the Congress to defeat the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls,” he told PTI.

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