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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Congress wants Delhi-only tie-up, says AAP as it calls off alliance talks

AAP sources said if the Congress wants alliance only in Delhi then it has to be in the 5:2 ratio and if an alliance is sealed for both Delhi and Haryana then the ratio can be 4:3 in the national capital and 6:3:1 in Haryana.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2019 07:11 IST
Press Trust of India
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Alliance between AAP and Congress called off following disagreement over tie-up in Haryana and Delhi: AAP leader Sanjay Singh(File Photo)

The alliance between AAP and the Congress has been called-off following disagreement over tie-up in Haryana and Delhi, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said this evening, adding that Congress has refused to form an alliance in Haryana and AAP does not want a tie-up only in Delhi.

“In order to stop BJP we were ready for an alliance with the Congress, but Congress is not in a mood for any coalition. It is a matter of sadness, that even after so many efforts, Congress is not ready for any kind of compromise,” Singh told ANI.

According to the sources, Singh proposed 6:3:1 seat sharing in Haryana in which Congress would fight from six seats, while the Jannayak Janata Party would field its candidates for three seats and one candidate would be fielded by the AAP.

But the Congress has proposed a 7:2:1 seat-sharing formula in which seven Congress candidates, two JJP candidates and one AAP candidate would contest the polls, the sources added.

On Tuesday, a meeting was held at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence during which senior AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Sanjay Singh and Satyendra Kumar Jain were present.

Following the meeting, the party said it is ready to have further discussion with the Congress and has appointed a representative to take the matter forward. The AAP has appointed Singh to hold the alliance talks.

AAP sources said if the Congress wants alliance only in Delhi then it has to be in the 5:2 ratio and if an alliance is sealed for both Delhi and Haryana then the ratio can be 4:3 in the national capital and 6:3:1 in Haryana.

Amid a continuing blame-game over seat-sharing in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal Monday engaged in a public spat, with the Congress president accusing the AAP of making a “U-turn” over alliance talks, prompting the Delhi chief minister to hit back at him.

Gandhi had said while the doors of his party are open, time is running out, but Kejriwal slammed him, questioning what U-turn was he talking about as the talks were still on.

First Published: Apr 17, 2019 17:24 IST