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Talks with Cong over now, no alliance in Delhi alone: AAP

Our decision to form alliance with Congress was to stop Modi-Shah duo: Sisodia

NEW DELHI: After month-long talks with ups and down, statements and counter statements, formulas and equations, the Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday fumed over the Congress for not being ready to form an alliance in Haryana and announced that the AAP would not go for an alliance only in Delhi.

Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that giving three seats to the Congress in the national capital would mean "giving three seats to the BJP", when asked his opinion on the 4:3 seat sharing formula proposed by the Congress.

He said the Congress first proposed 6:3:1 seat sharing formula to the AAP in Haryana where six seats would be for Congress, three for Janayak Janata Party and one seat for AAP. "Our decision to form an alliance with the Congress was to stop the Modi-Shah duo," he said.

"The Congress doesn't have a single seat in Delhi, but they are demanding three seats from us. In Punjab, we have 4 MPs and 20 MLAs, yet they are not giving us any seats to contest from the state," Manish Sisodia said.

"We are strong in Delhi, while Congress is nowhere close. In Haryana, they denied, even when we offered them seven seats. There is no hope left for a coalition with Congress. We have also closed all the negotiations now. There is no question of seat-sharing with Congress in Delhi," he added.

Senior party leader and MP Sanjay Singh said they agreed to all seat sharing arrangements that the Congress proposed, but even then the grand old party backtracked.

"After discussions with our alliance partner in Haryana, the JJP, we agreed to it, but the Congress refused and said they can't give more than two seats to the JJP and proposed 7:2:1 formula," said Singh, who was negotiating with the Congress.

JJP chief Dushyant Chautala even agreed to that but then the Congress backtracked again on Friday night, saying there is no possibility of formation of any alliance anywhere except Delhi, he said. Singh said the JJP had proposed 4:4:2 with four seats for Congress, four for JJP and two seats for AAP but it was outrightly rejected by the Congress.

However, sources say that even though the possibility of formation of an alliance has been completely closed in Haryana, the AAP is still open to alliance in the national capital on 5:2 formula, with five seats for the ruling party in Delhi.

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