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AAP top brass likely to decide on alliance with Congress

Party would also finalise names of key negotiators internally

AAP top brass likely to decide on alliance with Congress

NEW DELHI: AAP top brass is likely to take a call on the key points to negotiate with the Congress to pave a way for alliance between the two parties. The party would also finalise the names of key negotiators internally. The party has already said that the Political Affairs Committee will take the final call.

Meanwhile, the sources said that after the resignation of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Chief Ajay Maken, the party would appoint one chief and two working presidents. Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit is among the frontrunners of the post. In view of her age and health concerns, there might be one or more acting presidents. Names of AICC secretary Devendra Yadav, Haroon Yusuf and Rajkumar Chauhan are doing the rounds. Dikshit has said she is not averse of shouldering any responsibility given by the party. The decision is likely to be announced in a few days.

On Thursday, Ajay Maken, along with AICC in-charge of Delhi affairs PC Chacko met Rahul Gandhi to submit his resignation letter. Ajay Maken, who has been suffering from "painful orthopaedic ailment", is believed to have cited health reasons for his resignation.

Earlier, hints came after the party's National Council meeting where the party said it will utilise all its power and energy for contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Goa and Chandigarh. AAP Delhi convener Gopal Rai said that the party will contribute in whatever way it can to ensure the end of the Modi government, including cooperating with others. "We have decided that the AAP will carry out its share of responsibility to end the dictatorship of Modi-Shah duo," Gopal Rai said, adding that besides playing its role, the party will also "cooperate with others".

The "grand alliance" is a coalition of political parties proposed to be formed to end the BJP rule in the 2019 elections. On Friday, the party gave mixed signals over its stand on an alliance with the Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, a section of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders and workers from Punjab expressed concern over the possibility of an alliance with Congress for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls at a meeting with party's national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday. In the four-hour meeting of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the AAP held at Kejriwal's home in Delhi, Punjab unit expressed reservations about joining hands with the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress.

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