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Still open for alliance but not only in Delhi: Manish Sisodia

Published : Apr 14, 2019, 3:33 am IST
Updated : Apr 14, 2019, 3:38 am IST

Mr Singh said AAP was eager for an alliance with Congress in Haryana so that BJP could be defeated in all the 10 seats.

Senior AAP leader and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia
 Senior AAP leader and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia

New Delhi: Senior AAP leader and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Saturday that his party is still ready to form an alliance with Congress in Delhi, Haryana, and Chandigarh but it would not agree for a tie-up in the national capital alone.

He said the priority of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is to stop the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo which, he said, is proving to become very “dangerous” for the country. “In last one week, meetings were held between AAP and Congress and we proposed alliance on 33 seats in Delhi, Goa, Chandigarh, Haryana, and Punjab, out of which 23 seats are with NDA,” he said.

He said a tie-up between the two parties could have caused “damage” to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on the 23 seats. “But Congress purposely wasted time to take a decision on alliance and now it says it can tie up with AAP only in Delhi. Forming an alliance in Delhi alone would not solve the problem,” he said. The uncertainty over alliance between AAP and Congress has been continuing for weeks now. The talks between the two sides derailed after they failed to reach an agreement over seat-sharing in Delhi and Haryana.

On Friday, Congress’ in-charge for Delhi, PC Chacko, said that Congress will go alone in Delhi since AAP has taken an “impractical stand.”  “We are still ready (for alliance) if AAP is willing to have an alliance in Delhi alone. We want to fight BJP together. “We are compelled to go on our own as AAP is going back on its stand,” he told reporters.

The Aam Aadmi Party and the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) on Friday announced firming up an alliance in Haryana to fight on all 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

The JJP was launched by former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash  Chautala's grandson Dushyant Chautala, following a power struggle in the state's main opposition INLD last year.

Senior AAP leader Gopal Rai said the JJP will fight on seven seats. AAP’s Rajya Sabha leader Sanjay Singh, who was holding alliance talks with Congress, said: “Our sincerity to stop BJP in Haryana is reflected by the fact that we became a junior partner to a four-month-old party (JJP) and agreed to contest only on less than half of the seats in the state.”

Mr Singh said AAP was eager for an alliance with Congress in Haryana so that BJP could be defeated in all the 10 seats. He exuded confidence that AAP will win all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi on its own. However, sources said that AAP, in a last ditch attempt, may offer a 5-2 seat sharing formula to Congress in Delhi.

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