Rahul won’t like AAP-Congress alliance: Kejriwal

Rahul won’t like AAP-Congress alliance: Kejriwal

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New Delhi: Though the Congress is yet to take a final decision on stitching an alliance with Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi for the Lok Sabha elections, CNN channel quoting Delhi CM Kejriwal reported on Monday that there would not be any Congress-AAP alliance in Delhi.

On Sunday night, in a meeting between Delhi state party Chief Sheila Dikshit and senior Congress leaders PC Chacko and KC Venugopal started the process of shortlisting candidates for Delhi's seven parliamentary seats. The meeting held on the eve of Ms Dikshit’s 81st birthday at her home ended past midnight.

The Congress leaders also discussed the names to be shortlisted for the seven Lok Sabha seats in the capital. The committee is tasked to shortlist names from around 80 applications received from party probables. It is learnt that the two leaders had also conveyed Rahul Gandhi's decision to Ms Dikshit, sources said. But still, a formal announcement is yet to come out.

"In some time, the things will be clear. You will get to know about it in a matter of a few hours, by this evening or by tomorrow. There will be an official announcement," Sheila Dikshit told reporters.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that he would not need Congress's help to win the seven seats in Delhi. In attempts to forge a tie-up between the two parties, Maharashtra politician Sharad Pawar had stepped in as mediator a couple of days back. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Pawar separately met with Congress leaders and AAP's Sanjay Singh on March 19. Soon after the meeting, Arvind Kejriwal had declared that the Congress had rejected an alliance and he was "fed up of trying to convince the party".

Delhi votes for its seven Lok Sabha seats on May 12. The results will be declared with the rest of the country on May 23.