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Sheila Dikshit new Delhi Congress chief

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Continuing with the trend of trusting the old guard, the on Thursday appointed former as the new of

The 80-year-old and three-time Chief Minister, succeeded Ajay Maken, who quit as the on January 4 citing health reasons.

"Congress has appointed as the new president," told the media here.

The Congress also announced the appointments of Rajesh Lilothia, and as Delhi unit's Working Presidents.

The longest serving of Delhi, from 1998 to 2013, said she was honoured at being given the responsibility.

While asserting the Congress' revival in Delhi, where currently it has no representation in the Assembly, Dikshit remained evasive about the probability of the party forging an alliance particularity with Delhi's ruling (AAP) in the Lok Sabha polls.

"We will talk after it happens," she said when asked about such an alliance.

"I have no opinion about the alliance just now. And I do not want to share anything right now to anybody. Let me first understand the situation right from the top to down and then only I can say anything," she added.

Former AAP recently claimed that the AAP and Congress are likely to fight the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, saying that AAP supremo and was desirous of such an alliance.

"Kejriwal wants an alliance with Congress. He has been pushing for it for the past one year. Some other parties have also worked as communication channels for AAP and Congress," Ashotosh had written for satyahindi.com, a he co-founded.

Earlier Dikshit too had said that she will "not question" if the party leadership decided to align with the AAP.

Congratulating Dikshit, Maken in a tweet exuded confidence of the party playing a "role of a strong opposition" to the at the Centre and the government in Delhi.

The Congress which came to power in the Hindi heartland, preferred party veteran over Jyotiraditya Scindia as the new Chief Minister of and the 67-year old as the new Chief Minister of while making the youthful as the

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 19:36 IST
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