The immediate task before Sheila Dikshit is to expose the weaknesses of the incumbent Aam Aadmi Party government headed by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
By Rakesh Raman
As the monolithic Congress party is trying to resurrect from the ashes of its repeated electoral defeats, today the party appointed veteran politician Sheila Dikshit as the president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee.
Ms. Dikshit – who had gone into a virtual hibernation after her defeat in the 2013 Delhi election – plans to revive the party in Delhi. Her immediate job is to strengthen the party for the upcoming Lok Sabha election scheduled to take place after a few months.
She plans to win all the 7 Delhi Lok Sabha seats, which are currently held by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Last year, Congress had roped in Ms. Dikshit to help it rebuild the party which was fast losing its clout under the local leadership of Ajay Maken who has now resigned from his position as the president of Delhi Congress.
The immediate task before Ms. Dikshit, 81, is to expose the weaknesses of the incumbent Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government headed by Delhi chief minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal. She has also ruled out the possibility of any poll alliance with AAP.
The Kejriwal government has failed on all fronts and today Delhi is not only the most polluted and the dirtiest city of the world, but it is also among the most corrupt cities. Reports suggest that Kejriwal’s own MLAs and ministers are facing multiple corruption inquiries while Kejriwal is not taking any action to check rampant bureaucratic and political corruption in his government.
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As the Kejriwal government has completed 4 years in Delhi, Congress – under the leadership of Ms. Dikshit – would like to defeat AAP in the Lok Sabha as well as next year’s Assembly election.
Last year, Congress had released a booklet to highlight Kejriwal government’s failures. Released with the hashtag #AAPFailedDelhi, the booklet explains AAP’s failures in all the areas of governance including healthcare, transport, education, and environment.
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“I will be available for Congress workers for 24 hours a day so they could be encouraged to work for the party at the ground level,” Ms. Dikshit said today.
दिल्ली कांग्रेस के सभी वरिष्ठ नेता श्रीमती शीला दीक्षित के हाथ मजबूत करने के लिए एक मंच पर इकट्ठा हुए है ताकि एकजुट होकर लोकसभा के आने वाले चुनाव में दिल्ली की सातों सीटों पर कांग्रेस की जीत सुनिश्चित हो सके। @SheilaDikshit @ajaymaken pic.twitter.com/PiJbEk9yGt
— Delhi Congress (@INCDelhi) January 16, 2019
Earlier, Ms. Dikshit was the chief minister of Delhi for a period of 15 years – from 1998 to 2013.
By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.
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