Sheila blames Maken for MCD rout, he offers to step down

Krishnanand Tripathi
File photo: Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken.

File photo: Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken.

Political blame game has started in Congress following the party’s massive drubbing in MCD elections. Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has blamed state unit chief Ajay Maken’s inability to involve local leadership and failure to reach out to Delhi voters for the party’s abysmally poor show in the local body polls.

Under the leadership of Ajay Maken the party’s Delhi unit lost two important leaders just before the elections as its farmer Delhi unit chief Arvinder Singh Lovely and women wing chief Barkha Shukla Singh joined the arch rival BJP.

Delhi Youth Congress chief Amit Malik and several other leaders also crossed over to BJP camp just ahead of MCD election.

Reflecting on Congress party’s drubbing, three time former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said: “The party was not able top reach out (to voters) the way we should have. Any excuse can be given when you don’t want to do anything. The decision has to be taken by the high command. The leadership needs to introspect.”

As per the counting of votes till 1 PM, while Congress was leading only in 34 wards,  ruling Aam Admi Party was leading in 44 seats and BJP was set to sweep two third seats in total 270 seats of all the three councils.

File photo: Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

File photo: Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

Sheila Dikshit also blamed Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken for failing to involve senior leaders including her in campaigning for the polls.

“I was not asked for campaigning then how could have I gone for it,” Dikshit said.

The Congress also failed to reach out to the voters she alleged, saying that the party High Command will look into the whole matter.

(With agency input).