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LS polls: Congress ready to go solo in Delhi

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The said on Friday that the (AAP) was backtracking from the seat-sharing "pact" between the two parties by seeking its extension outside Delhi, and that the party would fight all the seven seats in the national capital alone if no agreement was reached.

Talking to the media here, said that AAP was keen on an alliance with the party in and so was despite strong reservations of the party's unit as the objective was to defeat the

Chacko, who is also the Congress' in-charge, said that discussions were held between him and AAP and the two parties worked out a formula under which AAP was to fight four of the seven seats in Delhi while the remaining three seats were to be contested by the

"The policy of the Congress in the country today is to go for alliance with parties which aim to defeat the BJP and join us in this fight," he said.

Admitting that the Congress and the AAP had been fighting with each other and that there was bitterness between the two parties, Chacko said: "But we both understand that there is a political necessity and we should come together to defeat the BJP in Delhi."

He said the last election fought in Delhi was the municipal corporation polls in which the Congress had a vote share of 21 per cent and the AAP 27 per cent, which formed the basis of the seat-sharing agreement.

"Delhi has the ideal situation in which the Congress and the AAP can come together to defeat the BJP in all the seven seats. The seat-sharing discussions were held with this understanding. We also arrived at a pact. Then there was suggestion from the AAP that it wanted to also discuss and other seats," Chacko said.

He said the Congress was of the opinion that the political situation in one state was different from the other, and that it was not practical or feasible to have an understanding in and

"We accepted the political necessity and arrived at a pact. But the AAP on Wednesday said it was not ready for a pact in Delhi," he said.

"We were willing and we are willing. But since they (AAP) have taken a difficult approach, the Congress is going to fight on its own," he said.

"Even today I want to say with full authority that the Congress is ready for an alliance with the AAP, provided it sticks to the discussions we had corresponding to our strength in Delhi. But if they (AAP) want to extend the pact to other states, it is not practical," the Congress said.

Chacko also said that with the AAP not taking "a practical view" of the matter, the of the Congress has discussed the seven seats in Delhi and has almost decided candidates for four seats.

According to sources, the four likely Congress candidates are former Union from Chandani Chowk, from New Delhi, from North West Delhi and from North East Delhi.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 19:32 IST
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