New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Ahead of the Delhi Elections 2020, Haryana Deputy Chief Minister and Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) chief Dushyant Chautala on Tuesday announced that his party, which helped the BJP to retain power in Haryana, will not contest the Delhi Assembly elections.

JJP is an ally of BJP and both parties are running a coalition government in Haryana.

JJP chief Dushyant Chautala in a statement on Tuesday said, that his party would not field candidates "since the symbol is a very important issue" and the JJP is unwilling to fight "on a new symbol at such short notice". The JJP also wanted the Election Commission to assign the party either a ‘key or a ‘slipper’ as their poll symbol.

"We won't field candidates in Delhi polls since the symbol is a very important issue. We had requested the Election Commission to give the key or slippers as the symbol, but these were given to another organisation. In such a situation, JJP has decided not to contest," the party said in a tweet in Hindi.

The announcement was made after a meeting of the Delhi election committee of the JJP, chaired by Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Chautala.

The decision of JJP came a day after another BJP ally -- the Shrimoni Akali Dal (SAD) -- announced that they will not contest the elections in Delhi. The Punjab-based party said it will not contest the elections as it was asked by the BJP to change its stand on the Citizenship Amendment Act, which it has vehemently refused.

Earlier this month, the JJP had announced it will contest the Delhi Assembly polls, but had put the ball in the saffron party's court on the question of an alliance.

Polling on 70 Assembly seats in Delhi will be held on February 8 and the counting of votes will take place on February 11.

Posted By: Talib Khan