Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia with party's leader Sanjay Singh addressing the media, at the party office in New Delhi | PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist
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New Delhi: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Saturday reiterated that the Aam Aadmi Party will not ally with the Congress in Delhi unless the national party cedes political space in Haryana or Chandigarh.

Speaking a day after reports that the Congress had finalised its list for the national capital in case talks with AAP fall through, Sisodia said his party was willing to take just one seat in Haryana.

“The Congress is not ready for an alliance in Haryana at all,” Sisodia said at a press conference in New Delhi Saturday. “This shows that all of this, defeating Modi-Shah is not important for them, it’s a time pass. We want an alliance but not just in Delhi.”

The two parties have held parleys about a possible tie-up for over three months now. AAP had initially sought an alliance across Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Goa and Chandigarh but is now willing to settle for a tie-up in Delhi, Chandigarh and Haryana.

While AAP has been campaigning on all seven seats in Delhi, it has, however, delayed filing nominations for three of its candidates, in effect not shutting the door on the possibility of an alliance.

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The Haryana hurdle

The sticking point in the talks between the two parties appears to be seat-sharing in Haryana.

AAP is staking a claim in Haryana on the basis of the Jind bypoll, held earlier this year. The party had allied with the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), headed by Dushyant Chautala, and the combine’s candidate, Digvijay Chautala, outperformed the Congress’ Randeep Surjewala by a huge margin.

“When we spoke to Dushyant Chautala initially, the proposal was four seats for the JJP, four for the Congress and two for AAP,” Sisodia said, adding that the Congress disagreed with the formula and came up with a counter-proposal of six seats for itself, three for the JJP and one for AAP.

“We agreed to that as well,” Sisodia said. “Then they (Congress) said they will give JJP only two seats. We spoke to Dushyant and he agreed to it.”

“Ab Congress isse bhi mukar gayi hai. Unhon ne Haryana mein allaince ki talks ko sirre kharish diya hai, (Now Congress has backed out on this as well. They have completely dismissed talks of an alliance in Haryana,” Sisodia said.

Senior AAP leader and its mediator for the alliance, Sanjay Singh, said, “We tried everything. Chandigarh pe maan jao (agree on Chandigarh), agree on Haryana, but they are categorically refusing to do so.”

Both leaders, however, refused to provide clarity on whether AAP was giving up on the alliance.

“Our focus is not who gets what seat, it is to defeat Modi and Shah, and not just in Delhi,” Sisodia said. “The BJP is so worried about the possible alliance that they haven’t even declared their candidates in Delhi yet, they can’t figure out a campaign strategy. The Congress should see that.”

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  1. Beggars CAN definitely be the choosers !!! And AAP shows the way. For the last one year, it has been begging Congress to have an alliance in Delhi. And now wants to cut the donating arm as well !!

  2. Is the Congress confident of winning all seven of Delhi’s seats, fighting alone. Or Haryana’s ten – with the state to follow in October – despite the bonus of Shri M L Khattar being the CM.

  3. AAP and congress should arrive at an understanding in Delhi on the basis of their strength in different pockets of Delhi. AAP should not try to ride on the Congress’ shoulder in other states just because it is desirable for both to come together in the capital. That way, congress being a very old party has a footprint all over India, so should they give readymade foothold to AAP all over India? How ridiculous!

  4. And to think that media created AAP because it thought that AAP will rid our country of corruption. Now that party is desparate to tie up with Congress, which is the fountain head of corruption in our country. This proves that Arvind Kejriwal turned out to be far more cunning than the most savvy of the political reporters who shamelessly try to tell us what we are thinking. And when they proved wrong, they invent a new phrase “post truth”.


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