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Sheila Dikshit disappointed with Ajay Maken's style of working

She said Ajay Maken did not consult or reach out to the party workers

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit talks to the media at her residence in New Delhi on Thursday after she was nominated as Congress party's Chief Ministerial candidate for the upcoming UP Assembly elections  Photo: PTI
Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Photo: PTI

Former Chief Minister on Thursday hit out at Chief Ajay Maken, saying she was disappointed with his style of functioning, as he "does not consult and reach out to workers".

"I am disappointed with that he does not consult (with anyone), he does not reach out to anybody. In democratic politics, most important thing is reaching out," Dikshit told IANS on being asked why she thought senior leaders in the were not happy with chief.

In a setback to the ahead of the April 23 civic polls, former Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely and former Youth Congress leader Amit Malik quit the and joined the BJP on Tuesday.

Barkha Singh on Thursday quit as the party's women's wing chief in Delhi. She also hit out at Vice President Rahul Gandhi and

On being told that if she had campaigned in Delhi for the elections, it would have been better for the Congress, she said: "That's for the party to decide."

Asked if the party had invited her, she replied "No. They could have, that's up to them, if they decide not to, then I don't have anything to say at all. I have never campaigned for elections."

Asked if she was miffed with Delhi Congress' functioning, she said: "I am not angry with the party, I just want the party to be a little more active and a little more inclusive."

Earlier, on April 3, former Delhi legislator Amrish Gautam quit the Congress and joined the BJP, while former Congress Minister A.K. Walia threatened to quit over the distribution of party tickets for the April 23 civic polls in Delhi.

"Walia also raised concerns, but he went back on it. Asked if he was quitting, she said: "Not to my knowledge".

Asked about Congress' prospects in elections, she said: "MCD has been ruled by the BJP for the past 10 years. It has been a very abysmal performance. The city is looking dirty and all the things that are the responsibility of the municipality have not been fulfilled."

"The AAP also is in trouble because it hasn't impressed the people of Delhi with the work that it has done and the Shunglu Committee report has damaged its reputation very severely. So, under these circumstances, the Congress should do well. Congress has a good record of administration," she added.


First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 08:55 IST