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Sheila Dikshit appointed Delhi Cong chief; to be assisted by 3 working presidents

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Thursday appointed former minister as the Pradesh Committee chief, days after resigned from the post citing ill health, in a bid to strengthen the party ahead of the elections.

Making the announcement at the party headquarters here, All India Committee (AICC) in-charge of the party's unit, P C Chacko said Dikshit will be assisted by three working presidents -- Devender Yadav, and

"Congress has appointed as the of the Pradesh Congress Committee," he said.

On talks within the Delhi unit about alliance with the (AAP), Chacko said Congress was fully prepared to contest the on its own.

"The Congress in Delhi is strong enough to fight on its own. We are fully prepared and ready to face the 2019 elections on our own," he said.

Talking about the three working presidents of the Delhi unit, he said was a two-time MLA and of the AICC, while was two-time MLA of Delhi and also the of AICC.

Chacko said was the in the

Commenting on her appointment as the unit chief, 80-year-old Dikshit said she felt honoured for the responsibility given to her.

"I will not comment on it and only time will tell," she said when asked about critics pointing fingers at her age. The critics have said her old age would be a challenge to revive the Congress in the national capital.

"I have no message for BJP or AAP, I just want to say that now Congress will be revived," Dikshit said.

Reacting to speculations over Congress-alliance in the city, the former Delhi CM said, "I have no opinion just now that I would like to share. Let me get involved and understand the situation from top to down, then only I will react".

Maken congratulated Dikshit, saying under her leadership, the Congress party would play the role of a powerful opposition against the and the Centre-led by

"Congratulations and well wishes to on being appointed as president of I had the opportunity to work and learn under her as a and as a I believe under her leadership we will play the role of a powerful opposition against Modi+Kejriwal governments," he tweeted.

Dikshit has been three-time minister of Delhi.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 21:15 IST