Congress has virtually ruled out alliance with AAP: Arvind Kejriwal

The BJP would benefit in a three-cornered contest, Delhi Chief Minister says.

The Congress has “more or less” ruled out an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on February 14, a day after he had participated in a meeting with Opposition leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

Responding to a question on an alliance with the Congress, he said it has “more or less ruled out the alliance (with AAP)”.

Asked whether the AAP was more eager for an alliance with the Congress, he said the BJP would benefit in a three-cornered contest.

Moving forward on a united anti-BJP front for the Lok Sabha elections, top opposition leaders including Mr. Gandhi and Mamata Banerjee on February 13 agreed to work together to prepare a common minimum programme to oust the Narendra Modi government and to consider forging a pre-poll alliance.

The meeting, hosted by NCP president Sharad Pawar at his residence in New Delhi, also saw Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Kejriwal coming together for the first time.

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