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Sheila Dikshit's appointment as Delhi Cong's chief fuels speculation of tie up with AAP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Speculations over an alliance between the ruling and the for the upcoming elections intensified on Thursday, with being appointed as new of the grand old party's unit.

Dikshit, however, refused to comment on the alliance issue. Earlier, she had said she will accept the high command's decision on a tie-up with the

The All India Committee (AICC) and in-charge of unit, PC Chacko, while announcing the appointment of Dikshit as new president, said there were no talks within the unit about an alliance with the (AAP) and it was fully prepared to contest the on its own.

"I have no opinion just now that I would like to share. Let me get involved and understand the situation from top to downwards and then only I will react to it," Dikshit said reacting to speculations on her party joining hands with the in Delhi.

Multiple sources in the two parties, however, claimed that the chances of alliance for the have brightened with the appointment of Dikshit.

Chacko had earlier said that the issue of Congress's alliance with other parties will be decided by the of the party.

Dikshit has replaced Ajay Maken, who was opposed to any alliance with the AAP that he bitterly criticised over issues of governance and corruption.

said who levelled grave allegations against is so "flustered" with "inaction" of his government and popularity of Narendra Modi that he is ready to tie up with Congress.

"He had promised to send to jail for corruption but may be gave up the idea thinking she was not active in Now that she has been appointed as president, Kejriwal ji would definitely send her behind the bars in a few days," he said.

BJP's of Opposition Vijender Gupta claimed H S resigned from the AAP due to the possibility of its alliance with the Congress and stepped down as for the same reason.

The AAP said that Dikshit's appointment as showed there was "serious deficit" of leadership in the party.

"In 2013, was the CM when she lost her own seat to Then Congress changed two state presidents and got zero seats in and She was later made CM candidate for UP which also Congress lost. Bringing her back means serious deficit of leadership in Delhi Congress. We wish her good health," AAP said.

However, the AAP has so far not denied speculations on possibility of alliance with Congress.

Senior party earlier said that the decision on alliance will be taken by of the AAP.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 22:05 IST