Sheila Dikshit Becomes State Congress Chief Making A Political Comeback To Revive Party’s Fortunes


New Delhi: Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has become the state Congress chief making a political comeback at the age of 80 to try and revive the party’s fortunes in the battle for the Capital’s seven Lok Sabha seats in the upcoming general elections.

Haroon Yusuf, a former minister in the Dikshit government, Devender Yadav and Rajesh Lilothia, both two-time state legislators and presently All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretaries, were appointed working presidents of the Delhi unit to aid her in the effort.

Dikshit replaces Ajay Maken, who cited health reasons and resigned on January 4 from the post of state Congress president he held for four years. In her first remark after her appointment, Dikshit said that her first priority will be to keep the Delhi unit of the party together and chalk out a plan for the Lok Sabha elections.

“I’m honoured that the party has given me the opportunity. My first priority will be to talk to all factions and keep the flock together. I’ll meet the party workers at the booth level to chalk out a plan for the Lok Sabha elections,” Dikshit, who held the same post for a brief duration in 1998, said.

Dikshit was the longest-reigning chief minister of Delhi, serving for 15 years from 1998 to 2013, when the advent of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ended Congress’s rule.

The Congress then propped up an AAP government that lasted 49 days before chief minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned following his failure to introduce a bill for appointing an anti-corruption ombudsman, Jan Lokpal.

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