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RS Dy chairman poll: Kejriwal rejects Nitish's offer for support; AAP abstain from voting

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has decided to "boycott" the election to the post of tomorrow, according to party

said Chief Minister rejected his counterpart and JD(U) Nitish Kumar's request to support the NDA nominee, Harivansh Narayan Singh, in the election as he has the backing of the BJP.

He said that since has not sought AAP's support for the opposition's candidate, the Kejriwal-led party "has no option but to boycott the poll tomorrow".

Hariprasad, a from Karnataka, is the opposition's candidate for the post of

"If they (the Congress) ask for our vote, we will oblige. It is meaningless to vote compulsively (for the Congress), if they do not need it," told reporters.

Later, he tweeted: "ji spoke to ji, seeking support for JD(U) candidate. Since he is a BJP-backed nominee, it is not possible to support him. ji does not want support for his candidate... then has no option, but to boycott the poll."

Kumar and Kejriwal had canvassed for each other in assembly polls in their states in 2015. However, the ties soured after Kumar dumped the UPA to rejoin the NDA.

"If can hug Narendra Modi, why cannot he ask to support his party's candidate?" Singh asked.

Terming the a "mean-spirited" party, Singh said the voted in favour of its candidates in the elections for and Vice President, even without being asked for it.

"We voted in favour of their candidates in the elections for but they did not even had the courtesy to say thank you."

"The AAP supported the Congress on many occasions including the political crisis in Goa, Uttarkhand and but has only received opposition in return," Singh alleged.

"They distributed sweets when our 20 MLAs in were disqualified. All opposition parties supported us during Kejriwal's dharna at the office barring the Congress," he said.

The AAP has three MPs from in the

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 23:00 IST