Rift in Delhi Congress months before State polls; Sheila Dikshit overrules PC Chacko’s decision

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Months before the Delhi Assembly Polls, its seems like ‘All is not well’ within the Delhi Unit of Congress. Reportedly, the rift between DPCC Chief Sheila Dikshit and Delhi State In-charge PC Chacko deepened on Wednesday with both the leaders exchanging letters over ‘difference of opinion’.

Delhi State In-charge PC Chacko on Wednesday issued a letter authorizing the three working presidents of the national capital to hold meetings of district and block committee heads and take decisions.

PC Chacko in the letter cited Sheila Dikshit’s health, stated, “As you are not keeping well and hospitalized and I did not receive any reply to my letters, in the interest of the party, I am authorizing the (three) working presidents to hold meetings of district and block presidents in their respective areas and take appropriate decisions to activate the party and report to you the decisions taken.”

However, the move irked the Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who responded by saying that she has not received any letter yet. Hours after PC Chacko’s decision, Sheila Dikshit assigned different roles to the working president, indicating a clear rift.

Issuing an ‘action note’, Sheila Dikshit tasked working president Haroon Yusuf to supervise the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, four Assembly segments (Timarpur, Burari, Okhla, and Jangpura), Mahila Congress, Sewa Dal, and the student wing NSUI.

While Devender Yadav was assigned South Delhi Municipal Corporation and Youth Congress, while Rajesh Lilothia was allocated North Delhi Municipal Corporation and cells of the party’s Delhi unit.

It should also be noted that Delhi State In-Charge PC Chacko in his letter also expressed displeasure stating that his earlier decisions were not implemented. He further claimed that some “so-called spokespersons” of the party were issuing “irresponsible” statements and questioning the decisions of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge.

Earlier on June 28, DPCC Chief Sheila Dikshit, in a move to revamp party organization, dissolved all 280 block Congress committees with immediate effect. While early this month, DPCC appointed observers in all 280 blocks and 14 districts of the national capital.

The recent development came on the backdrop when the party was gearing up for the polls. The party had in June held its strategy meeting and directed its Block and District President in Delhi to form a panel of 3 probable candidates from each assembly of which one should be a woman.

In the recently held national polls, Congress faced a humiliating defeat in Delhi too and lost all 7 Lok Sabha Seats.

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