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Congress, Kejriwal have struck deal: Gadkari


New Delhi, Dec 28:

A deal was struck between Congress and AAP party leader Arvind Kejriwal to form a government in Delhi, BJP leader Nitin Gadkari said Saturday.

Speaking at a party function here, Gadkari said that the Congress strategy was to prevent formation of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Delhi and stop Narendra Modi from becoming the country’s prime minister.

“A deal was struck between Kejriwal and Congress in a five-star hotel, a person (familiar with the development) told me,” said the former BJP president.

Kejriwal took oath as chief minister Saturday.

The Congress, which has eight legislators, is providing outside support to the Aam Aadmi Party, which won 28 seats in the 70-member Delhi assembly. The BJP has 31 seats. The remaining three seats are with the Shiromani Akali Dal, the Janata Dal-United and an Independent.

No Deal, Says Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday refuted BJP leader Nitin Gadkari’s charges that the AAP and Congress had a secret deal vis-a-vis the BJP.

“It is very unfortunate that a senior leader is making such unfounded allegations,” Kejriwal told the media. “There is no truth in (what he has said).”

Gadkari, who was in charge of the BJP election campaign in Delhi, alleged earlier in the day that the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress had struck a deal to prevent a BJP government in Delhi.

This deal, he added, was also aimed at derailing the appeal of Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

This information, he said, had been conveyed by a person who knew about a supposed meeting held at a five-star hotel between representatives of the AAP and the Congress.

Kejriwal Saturday took oath as the Delhi chief minister at the head of a minority government propped up by the Congress.