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AAP finds itself isolated in Prez poll talks

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

With the race for the presidential poll heating up, the (AAP) is feeling increasingly isolated as political parties huddle together to select a candidate for the top post.

The party has so far not figured in the ongoing political consultations within the opposition, or in the talks initiated by a three-member panel.

"No major political party has approached us for our support," a senior leader and a member of the Political Affairs Committee, the party's highest decision making body, said.

AAP, which has been busy fighting the Centre while seeking to suppress dissent in the party, has held informal talks on the presidential poll with a few opposition parties.

Over the past few days, members have had talks with general secretary Sitaram Yechury, JDU's Sharad Yadav and TMC supremo

But with the Congress, the main opposition party, keeping out of the loop, and the said to be distancing itself from Kejriwal's outfit, said it was waiting for the government and the opposition to make their stands clear on candidates for the highest constitutional post.

"There has been no major discussion within the party over the presidential poll. Let us see what the opposition comes up with," a senior leader said, indicating it may not go with a candidate suggested by the Congress, but may back someone supported by the entire opposition.

In power in Delhi and a principal opposition party in Punjab, four-year-old has 86 MLAs and four MPs in the Lok Sabha.

However, the did not invite the party to a meeting of opposition leaders held last month, which was widely perceived as a snub to the party.

The does not see as an ally, for the new party in the long run aims at unsettling the as a principal opposition party at the national level as well as in several states.

In the past, Kejriwal has often attacked the Congress, especially Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of President Sonia Gandhi.

The is believed to be ignoring because of Chief Minister Kejriwal's personal attacks on leader in the past.

The presidential poll is slated to be held on July 17.

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First Published: Sun, June 18 2017. 17:02 IST