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Aam Aadmi Party rejects alliance with Congress

BJP asks Rahul to come clean on his citizenship
NDTV, New Delhi

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said yesterday that an alliance just in Delhi is not possible after the Congress refused to have a tie-up anywhere else with AAP. It accused the Congress of playing "spoilsport" in alliance talks and "being unfair" by not giving them any seat in Punjab and asking for too many seats in Delhi.

AAP Leader and Delhi 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 claimed that the Congress first proposed 6:3:1 seat sharing formula to the Aam Aadmi Party in Haryana where six seats would be for Congress, three for Janayak Janata Party (JJP) 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.

The Congress will now contest all the seats in Delhi and is likely to announce candidates this evening.

Meanwhile, Citing a complaint filed against Rahul Gandhi, the BJP yesterday raised questions on the Congress president's citizenship and educational qualification, and asked him to come clean on the matter.

The BJP's reaction comes in the wake of the complaint filed with returning officer in Amethi seat against Gandhi's candidature in which allegations and objections have been made about his citizenship and qualification.

The returning officer (RO) has fixed Monday as the next date of hearing on the matter. BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao told reporters it was "stunning" that Gandhi's lawyer sought time to reply to the objections.

 "These are serious allegations. Is Rahul Gandhi an Indian citizen or not? Did he ever become a British citizen? He should come out with the real story," he said.

 There was no immediate reaction from the Congress. Election Commission sources said

the returning officer is the final authority on such a matter, but he cannot check the veracity of whatever is written on an election affidavit. While earlier on Saturday, India’s poll watchdog ordered producers to stop streaming a web series on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, weeks after it banned a Bollywood film and clamped down on a TV channel devoted to the right-wing premier.

Under Indian election regulations, the publication of any content which is deemed as campaign material or propaganda is not allowed during the voting period.

 

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