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Congress doesn’t mind doing business with AAP

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 08, 2014
First Published: 00:23 IST(8/3/2014) | Last Updated: 02:10 IST(8/3/2014)

The Congress on Friday indicated that it was not averse to doing business with Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

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“Our fight is for ideology. We are a big party that believes in connecting people. We have no problem if any like-minded party comes to us,” party spokesman Shaktisinh Gohil said on the possibility of any tie-up between the Congress and AAP.

The Congress had provided outside support to the Kejriwal government in Delhi after the assembly elections threw up a hung assembly.

At the same time, Gohil said, the Congress was against “politics of violence” while referring to the recent clash between AAP and BJP workers in the wake of Kejriwal’s brief detention in Gujarat. Gohil said the BJP had become panicky over the AAP leader’s visit to Gujarat as chief minister Narendra Modi was left wondering from where the “new artiste” has suddenly cropped up with all sorts of issues.

“Till now, only Modi and BJP were doing drama. Now, they wonder about this new artiste who has suddenly arrived on the scene,” Gohil said.

BJP second list today
The BJP is expected to announce on Saturday its second list of Lok Sabha candidates, including over 25 names in Uttar Pradesh. The list will give Bihar a miss.The party had announced its first list of 54 candidates on February 27.

“Leaders from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and a few other states have been invited to the party’s central election committee meeting. The second list may contain names of nearly 100 candidates,” a senior BJP leader said.

The meeting will decide the fate of former Uttarakhand chief ministers Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Maj Gen (Retd) BC Khanduri and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.


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