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LS polls: AAP, JJP go without Cong in Haryana

LS polls: AAP, JJP go without Cong in Haryana
Jannayak Janata Party leader Dushyant Chautala(R) and AAP leader Gopal Rai(L) during a joint press conference in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, April 18

The Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) and AAP on Thursday decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections in Haryana with 7:3 seat sharing arrangement. 

AAP has got Karnal, Ambala and Faridabad in its kitty while the JJP will field its candidates from the remaining seats.

In a meeting at the residence of JJP chief and Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala here nominees for four segments were finalised.

Dushyant will seek re-election from his seat while JJP’s Nirmal Singh Malhadi was named as candidate from reserved Sirsa constituency, Pradeep Deswal from Rohtak and former IAS officer Swati Yadav from Bhiwani-Mahendergarh.

AAP said there will be no alliance with the Congress in Haryana after the grand old party refused to have a tie-up in any other state apart from Delhi.

Uncertainty prevails over the alliance in Delhi, with sources saying that an internal meeting was held at the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to discuss the 4:3 seat sharing arrangement, with four seats for the ruling party, but no conclusion was reached.

The AAP has proposed 5:2 seat sharing with five seats for the ruling party and two for the Congress.

Haryana state party in-charge Naveen Jaihind said talks over alliance in Haryana in a seat-sharing formula of 6:3:1 were held between senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh and Congress general secretary in-charge of Haryana Ghulam Nabi Azad.

“Six seats for Congress, three seats for the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) and one for the AAP but the Congress abruptly called off the talks,” Jaihind said, adding that a meeting was also held between former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and AAP party member Sushil Gupta.

The AAP is contesting the upcoming polls in Haryana in alliance with the JJP, which was launched by former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala’s grandson Dushyant Chautala, following a power struggle in the state’s main opposition INLD last year.

Dushyant said there is no question of an alliance in Haryana as it is against their ideology.

“From day one, we had clarified that we could not join hands with the Congress whose hollow and corrupt policies affected the country. I want to clarify that there is no question of forming an alliance with the Congress and we held no talks with the Congress in this matter,” he said.

Jaihind said the AAP would have tried to convince the JJP to form an alliance with the Congress, had the grand old party agreed to the 6:3:1 seat sharing arrangement.

AAP party leader Gopal Rai said the party tried till the last moment to forge an alliance in Haryana but the Congress refused last minute and maintained that an alliance could be formed only in Delhi in 4:3 arrangement.

The Congress, on the other hand, said that the prospects of its alliance with the AAP are almost finished.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has “refused” to have alliance with Congress for Delhi alone, said PC Chacko, All India Congress Committee(AICC) in-charge of Delhi unit of the party. — With PTI


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