Delhi Assembly polls: Will sit in opposition,but won’t ally,says AAP

Even if AAP was close to forming a government,it would abstain from allying with anyone.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi | Published: December 7, 2013 12:36 am

A day after BJP leaders said they were open to a post-poll alliance,if needed,to form the government,members of the AAP stood by their stand,maintaining that they would not ally with any party.

In fact,AAP leaders said they would rather sit in opposition than “take the help of an alliance” to form the government,even if the party fell short by only a few seats.

On Thursday,Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel had said the party was open to an alliance with “like-minded people”.

Last week,comments made by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in a TV interview regarding a post-poll alliance with the AAP had sparked debate after she said,“I did not rule it out,I did not rule it in”.

However,AAP members have been steadfast about not being open to any alliances,a line the leadership continued on Saturday,even with several exit polls predicting a hung Assembly.

“If we come to power,it will be on the the basis that we offer the Delhi voters something different — clean representatives,and financial transparency. Allies are out of the question,” Manish Sisodia,AAP’s Patparganj candidate and party spokesperson,said.

Sisodia said even if AAP was close to forming a government ,it would abstain from “allying with anyone.”

“No,even if we are at 32 seats,with only four more needed to form the government,we will be happy to sit in opposition,” he said in response to a question.

Party leaders,however,claimed that all indication “from the ground level” pointed to AAP clinching votes for a clear majority.

“We have positive responses from every constituency,even the ones we thought would not do that well. All around,people are only talking about the AAP. There is no doubt that this

scenario of needing allies will not arise,” a party leader said.

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