In Mahāvagga> 1. Paññattipañha King Milinda answered negatively to the following question:
“Kiṃ pana, bhante, rūpavedanāsaññāsaṅkhāraviññāṇaṃ nāgaseno”ti?
‘Then is it all these Skandhas combined that are Nāgasena?’
‘No! great king.’ (Rhys)
However at the end of the dialogue we find this verse affirming the Skandhas
‘Yathā hi aṅgasambhārā,
hoti saddo ratho iti;
Evaṃ khandhesu santesu,
hoti “satto”ti sammutī’”ti.
“‘Just as it is by the condition precedent
Of the co-existence of its various parts
That the word ‘chariot’ is used,
Just so is it that when the Skandhas
Are there we talk of a ‘being.’”’
I am not sure if I am seeing a contradiction here or if I have misread something?
Your assistance please. Thanks and regards.