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Rahul discusses with Delhi Cong leaders about alliance with AAP

NEW DELHI: Amid continued uncertainty over its alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday discussed the issue again with senior party leaders from the city.

Delhi Congress president and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and in-charge of the party's national capital unit P C Chacko and some other senior leaders were present at the meeting held in Gandhi's residence, a source said.

The meeting comes days after the Congress decided to go it alone in Delhi and not have any alliances with the ruling AAP.

Chacko has been in discussion with AAP leader Sanjay Singh and the two have held several rounds of talks over the issue.

These discussions mark a fresh round of talks between the Congress and AAP leaders after renewed efforts by some opposition leaders like Sharad Pawar who urged both the parties forge an alliance in Delhi.

According to sources, Delhi Congress leaders told Gandhi about the party's prospects in Delhi in these Lok Sabha polls and if the party goes for a pre-poll alliance what effects it may have, given that Assembly elections in Delhi are scheduled in 2020.

Meanwhile, the "Haath Ke Saath Cycle Yatra" being led by Working President Devender Yadav at the South Delhi Municipal Corporation area entered the seventh day to an enthusiastic welcome by the people.

"The election manifesto of the Congress party, which has been well received by the people of India, has ruined the sleep of the BJP leaders as they have nothing left now to counter the aggressive election campaign of the Congress party," said Yadav.

He said that one of the salient features of the Congress manifesto, released by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is that Rs 72,000 will be deposited in the account of each of the 20 per cent poorest families in the country, which will benefit 5 crore families and 25 crore people in all.

"People are happy that the Congress party has thought of the uplift of the poorest segment of the people across the country, which has sent out a very positive message among the people," Working President Devender Yadav said.

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