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'AAP favours Gathbandhan over Mahagathbandhan'

AAP favours Gathbandhan over Mahagathbandhan

NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would be more interested in going with 'Gathbandhan' then with 'Mahagatbandhan' to take on political rivals in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. The AAP's preference for 'Gathbandhan' — one lead by Non-Congress and Non-BJP — is gaining currency especially after Arvind Kejriwal met Andhra Pradesh's Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu in the national Capital recently.

"Eliminating BJP is our main focus and we want to keep same distance with the Congress (as well). The other political parties based in various states would play a bigger role in this election and we are in touch with them. However, there has been no decision yet," said a leader.

Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal met his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday and held discussions on several political issues. The two leaders are on the same page for opposition unity to give a tough fight to the BJP in the general election. Calling the BJP government a "threat to the nation and the Constitution", the Aam Aadmi Party chief had called for opposition unity.

"The Delhi chief minister met Andhra Pradesh CM at Andhra Bhawan. They discussed several political issues, including a grand alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls," the sources said. Discussions on forming a pre-poll alliance was also discussed when CM Kejriwal met Naidu in Delhi in October last.

In December last year, Kejriwal had also attended a meeting of opposition party leaders called by Naidu.

Recently, the Andhra Pradesh chief minister has stepped up efforts to bring the opposition parties together to forge an anti-BJP front.

Meanwhile, AAP leader and Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) Sanjay Singh has also rubbished media reports of the AAP-Congress alliance to back former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha as an independent candidate from New Delhi in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The media reports stated that the AAP and the Congress have decided to support Sinha as an independent candidate from New Delhi Lok Sabha seat.

According to the report, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party will contest on three seats each of the seven constituencies in Delhi in this year's Lok Sabha polls and leave one for the former Union minister.

Sayantan Ghosh

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