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Lok Sabha elections 2019: AAP, JJP resume talks for pre-poll alliance in Haryana

A day after AAP national convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal sought a three-way alliance in Haryana with Congress and Jannayak Janta Party, the AAP’s Haryana spokesperson, Sudhir Yadav, said alliance talks between AAP and JJP had resumed and are underway.

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Sadia Akhtar
Sadia Akhtar
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
Arvind Kejriwal had on Wednesday appealed to the Congress and the JJP for an alliance in Haryana.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

A day after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal sought a three-way alliance in Haryana with Congress and Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), the AAP’s Haryana spokesperson, Sudhir Yadav, said that alliance talks between AAP and JJP had resumed and were underway.

Kejriwal had Wednesday appealed to the Congress and the JJP for an alliance in Haryana. “People of the country want to defeat Amit Shah and Narendra Modi. If JJP, AAP, and Congress contest the polls together, BJP will be defeated in all the ten seats in Haryana. Rahul Gandhi should think about the same,” Kejriwal had tweeted.

While the JJP has ruled out any alliance with the Congress, JJP national general secretary KC Bangar said talks between his party and AAP are underway and the party’s national executive council would take a final call on the same. “A three-member committee from our party is looking after alliance talks. The committee is at work, and will submit a report to the executive council,” Bangar maintained.

In January, AAP had extended supported to Dushyant Chautala’s JJP in the Jind bypoll, wherein the latter bagged the second spot in its debut contest. Since then, AAP has been eyeing a potential alliance with JJP for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and the assembly elections scheduled later this year. In February, however, talks between the two parties were called off after negotiations over seat-sharing concerns remained inconclusive, AAP Haryana convenor Naveen Jaihind had said.

“Discussions with the JJP had been called off a few weeks ago, but they initiated the talks once again. Within the next one or two days, we should come to a final result,” Yadav said, adding that the party has included new faces in its unit in Gurugram and would start campaigning aggressively in the coming days.

“We will start meetings with volunteers soon. Statewide campaign with Naveen Jaihind has been planned for the end of March, while Arvind Kejriwal will hold road shows in the state between April 12 and May 12,” informed Yadav. The party has also planned activities such as nukkad naataks to reach out to voters.

The party will release its manifesto in Haryana in the first week of April, which will be followed by daily Jansabhas (public meetings) once the list of candidates is declared. A district-level meeting with all the office bearers of the party is scheduled in Rohtak on Friday.

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