Congress mulls support to AAP

    By IANS,

    New Delhi : The Congress is considering giving “unconditional” support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to prevent “communal forces” from forming a government in Delhi, party sources said Tuesday.

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    “There are suggestions from party leaders in Delhi to support the AAP unconditionally from the outside. We would like to keep communal forces at bay,” a party source said.

    Earlier Tuesday, Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed told IANS: “There is a feeling among leaders in the party in Delhi to extend support unconditionally to AAP.

    “But we need to take the opinion of elected MLAs in Delhi and then we will approach the party high command and decide.”

    In the evening, Ahmed and Delhi Congress chief J.P. Agarwal met all eight legislators of Delhi.

    Asked if the meeting had anything to do with supporting the AAP, Ahmed said: “We wanted to congratulate them.”

    The sources said a final decision would be taken when Congress president Sonia Gandhi returns from South Africa where she is attending the memorial service to Nelson Mandela.

    The AAP Tuesday reiterated it would neither support nor take support from any party to form the government.

    The one-year-old party won 28 of the 70 seats, hurting the Congress the most in the Delhi election. The Congress won only eight seats.