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16 Jan 2019

On teaming-up with AAP, Sheila Dikshit says nothing's final yet

Sheila Dixit talks on alliance with AAP

Former Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit, on Tuesday didn't rule out Congress' alliance with AAP but said nothing is confirmed yet.

Dikshit's statement is in sharp contradiction to Ajay Maken's who reiterated multiple times the party will not join hands with AAP.

The three-time CM took reins of Delhi Congress after Maken had to leave the post due to health issues.

In context

Sheila Dixit talks on alliance with AAP
Former CM talks about BJP and AAP in same breath

What she said

Former CM talks about BJP and AAP in same breath

Dikshit, who left Delhi politics after Congress was served a humiliating defeat in 2015, returned to handle the party last week.

Speaking about BJP and AAP, she said, "BJP and AAP both are a challenge; we will meet the challenges together. There is nothing on an alliance with AAP yet."

She also hinted the decision on allies will be taken by the party's leadership.

Looking back

Years ago, Kejriwal kept attacking Dikshit over number of issues

It should be recalled that in 2014, Arvind Kejriwal, the current Chief Minister of Delhi, ran a stinging campaign against Dikshit, accusing her of corruption.

He regularly targeted her over a number of issues like women's safety and functioning of Delhi police.

However, Kejriwal put bitterness in politics aside and went to check on Dikshit when she fell ill.

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With Phoolka and Maken leaving, things are different now

Changing equations

With Phoolka and Maken leaving, things are different now

It should be noted that the faces in both Congress and AAP, who opposed the alliance, have left their respective roles.

HS Phoolka, the lawyer who fought for victims of 1984 Anti-Sikh riots, left AAP earlier this year.

In Congress, Maken went on an overdrive asking senior Congress leaders to not form an alliance with AAP and he too resigned from the top post.

Congress v/s AAP

Not long ago, AAP's resolution on Rajiv Gandhi created uproar

A few weeks ago, a huge controversy erupted after AAP-dominated Delhi Assembly passed a resolution suggesting former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi should be stripped off Bharat Ratna over his alleged role in the Anti-Sikh riots.

There was a demand for resignation of MLA Alka Lamba.

Referring to this incident, Dikshit said everyone was upset with how they (AAP) spoke about Rajiv Gandhi.

Will AAP join mahagathbandhan is a pressing question

Mahagathbandhan

Will AAP join mahagathbandhan is a pressing question

The principal opposition party, Congress, is reaching out to regional parties to form the grand alliance, popularly known as mahagathbandan, to defeat the ruling BJP.

Last month, Kejriwal met Chandrababu Naidu, who is instrumental in bringing parties together, starting rumors that AAP could join the team.

Later, Kejriwal said he just believed the duo of Amit Shah and Narendra Modi have to be stopped.

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Why did Sheila Dikshit leave Delhi politics?

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Who is Sheila Dikshit?

Asked on 16-01-2019 by Navya Singh

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Sheila Dikshit is a Congress leader who served as Delhi's Chief Minister three times.

Why did Sheila Dikshit leave Delhi politics?

Asked on 16-01-2019 by Chirag Chattopadhyay

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After the Congress was defeated in 2015 assembly elections, Sheila Dikshit left Delhi politics. She returned last week as Delhi Congress chief after Ajay Maken vacated the post due to health issues.

Has Sheila Dikshit ruled out an alliance with AAP?

Asked on 16-01-2019 by Ananya Rathore

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No, Sheila Dikshit hasn't ruled out an alliance but underlined nothing is final as of now.

What was the Rajiv Gandhi resolution row?

Asked on 16-01-2019 by Dhruv Banerjee

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A resolution was moved in Delhi assembly, which has many members of AAP, suggesting Bharat Ratna should be taken away from former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi over his alleged role in 1984 Anti-Sikh riots.

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