Moga, Mar 17 : Ending speculations, Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Harpal Singh Cheema here on Sunday clarified that the alliance talks of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with the Akali Dal (Taksali) could not be materialised, due to some reasons.
Mr Cheema said the AAP and SAD (Taksali) started the alliance talks with a positive mindset and sincere efforts were made from both sides, but as the consensus could not be made on the contesting Sri Anandpur Sahib Parliamentary constituency and few other issues, the final outcome turned negative.
The AAP leader said his party made it clear in the beginning to SAD (Taksali) and BSP that the candidate from Sri Anandpur Sahib Narinder Singh Shergill will not be withdrawn, as his ticket was announced around four months back.
"Shergill is leading his campaign aggressively, since the announcement of his candidature and have completed the public meeting in majority of the constituency," Mr Cheema pointed.
He said if the party withdraws his candidature at this point then it will leave a negative impact on the ground level workers of the party.
Mr Cheema said AAP offered Bathinda and Patiala seats to SAD (Taksali) as Bir Davinder Singh was capable to give tough fight to Badals as well as the family of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh at both seats but they were adamant to contest from Sri Anandpur Sahib. Moreover AAP has good cadre at both the seats that could have turned the table for Bir Davinder, he claimed.
Another proposal was to have alliance on 12 seats of state leaving Sri Anandpur Sahib open for both parties, he said. On this suggestion, most of the Taksali leaders agreed except Bir Davinder.
Mr Cheema further said that as the Taksalis asked AAP to not to form an alliance with Congress in other states likewise AAP asked them to oppose Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah and give statements against them. (UNI)