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Cong to go alone in Delhi

Still open for an alliance provided tie-up is restricted to Delhi, says Chacko

New Delhi: The Congress on Friday announced that it will fight the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi alone but maintained that it is still willing to have an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party provided that the tie-up is restricted only to the national Capital. Congress' in-charge for Delhi P C Chacko said Congress will go alone in Delhi since AAP has taken an "impractical stand".

The Congress said it was still ready for a "Delhi-centric alliance with AAP for Lok Sabha polls" but didn't agree with the AAP's idea of having a similar alliance in Punjab, Haryana and Goa. Chacko said, "Inspite of reservations our state leadership had about Delhi alliance we wanted an alliance with AAP in national interest. AAP and Congress alliance was ideal in Delhi. We arrived at a pact also. There were proposals from AAP to discuss Haryana and Punjab and Goa and we thought it's not feasible to have pacts in other states as in Delhi. Subsequently day before yesterday the statement came from AAP that the pact is not possible. It was only at the instruction of Congress President that we tried an understanding with AAP. Even today we are ready with an alliance provided they stick to the discussion we had in Delhi as per our strength. Alliance is not feasible in other states."

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