Sheila Dikshit, 3-Time Chief Minister, Appointed Delhi Congress Chief



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New Delhi: With just months to go for the national election, the Congress today brought back three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at the helm of the party’s Delhi unit. Ajay Maken, who had the job, was eased out last week — sources said he was promised a prominent role at the party’s frontlines.
Ahead of the formal announcement by the party, Ajay Maken tweeted: “Congratulations to Sheila Dikshit for being appointed as the state Congress chief again. I got the chance to work and learn under her as parliamentary secretary and cabinet minister. I have full confidence that under her leadership, we will play the role of a formidable opposition against PM Modi’s and Arvind Kejriwal governments”.

Over the last five years, the Congress had been a “formidable foe” to the Aam Aadmi Party under the leadership of Mr Maken. But Ms Dikshit’s induction at the helm of Delhi Congress is seen as a signal of the party’s seriousness about its prospective alliance with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party.

Mr Kejriwal — who was at loggerheads with the Congress after their partnership ended with his 49-day tenure as Chief Minister in 2013 — has also been co-opted into the proposed Grand Alliance against the BJP. Its interlocuter Chandrababu Naidu and DMK chief MK Stalin have persuaded him to drop the “negative stance” against the Congress.

Last month, Mr Kejriwal said it is the “responsibility of every patriotic citizen of the country to defeat the (Narendra Modi-Amit Shah) team, and to do that, we will take all the measures that we can”.