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No alliance between AAP-Congress, Rahul Gandhi takes final call, say reports

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 31 March 2019, 10:02 IST
CM Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi

In the run up to the Lok Sabha polls of 2019, the alliance tactics of the Congress has failed to bridge a tie-up with the Aam Aadmi Party, media reports have claimed.

In a late night meeting between the Delhi Congress leaders at the residence of former CM Sheila Dikshit, the party decided after the final call from the Congress president Rahul Gandhi that for the 2019 polls, no alliance will take place between the two parties.

A formal announcement will be made by the Delhi Congress leaders today, as it is the birthday of Sheila Dikshit. In the meeting last night, PC Chacko and KC Venugopal were present and conveyed the message of Rahul Gandhi, the meet lastes for one and a half hours, as per reports.

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AAP-Congress tie-up fails

The Congress, which had sought a 3-3-1 seat sharing deal with AAP, was not favoured by the convener Arvind Kejriwal’s group, and the former had said that one seat would be contested by a joint candidate.

Earlier, former Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken expressed his support towards the alliance and had said, “I have expressed my support for the alliance and my personal candidature comes after this,” adding that “There are no talks happening. How can an announcement happen without involving the other party concerned? How can they announce an alliance tomorrow when we are not aware of it?”

The Congress party had shown concern about tying up with the AAP and stated about the 2020 Delhi Assembly election,which could become a bone of contention for both the parties.

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First published: 31 March 2019, 10:01 IST