Could tell from voters’ eyes… not warm enough, questioning: Sheila

People were misled and we were not able to counter it as effectively as we should have, even within my party, and even otherwise,” Dikshit said.

New Delhi | Published:February 13, 2014 2:37 am
Former chief minister Sheila Dikshit with the students of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce on Wednesday. (Renuka Puri) Former chief minister Sheila Dikshit with the students of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce on Wednesday. (Renuka Puri)

In first public remarks after being routed in the Assembly elections, former chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday said she could tell “something is wrong” in the final run-up to the vote.

“Towards the end of campaigning, in the last three or four days, you could see that the eyes of the voter were not warm enough, questioning… you know something is wrong,” she told students of the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce at its annual festival.
“Perhaps there was a desire for change. People were misled and we were not able to counter it as effectively as we should have, even within my party, and even otherwise,” Dikshit said.

Referring to her Congress government in Delhi and to the one led by the party at the Centre, she said both governments were not able to articulate the message of their achievements to the people. “That’s the failure and the lesson. You need to work and crow about it too,” she said.

Calling the Assembly elections “unusual and memorable”, Dikshit said though the media did not “hurt” the Congress, it “certainly played up the new phenomenon — Arvind Kejriwal”.

She slammed the Kejriwal government: “We knew they didn’t have a feel of Delhi’s administrative functioning… They made impossible promises to people and their lies are coming out now.” By pushing the Jan Lokpal Bill, the government, was “confusing” the people, she said. “Ask Kejriwal is he the only crusader?”

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    Ajay mittal
    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm
    She says “Ask Kejriwal is he the only crusader?”" Why should we ask? Why does it matter, as long as he is doing his job as a crusader?She further says "“That’s the failure and the lesson. You need to work and crow about the achievements too,”". Madam, there were NO achievements. Building flyovers and Metro is not an achievement. Those things happened because of CWG funds and owing to being a capital.You did nothing to improve the healthcare, education, poverty, water, electricity, corruption,...you did not even raise your voice with the Central govt and you showed complete disregard for extremely poor performance of Delhi police and of the atrocities taking place.It is clear that you haven't learnt any lesson from your defeat and the first lesson that you need to have learnt but didn't was not to be arrogant. You were too arrogant and dismissive about Arvind Kejriwal, about corruption and your party's wrongdoings.
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      Ajay mittal
      Feb 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm
      She says “Ask Kejriwal is he the only crusader?”" Why should we ask? Why does it matter, as long as he is doing his job as a crusader?She further says "“That’s the failure and the lesson. You need to work and crow about the achievements too,”". Madam, there were NO achievements. Building flyovers and Metro is not an achievement. Those things happened because of CWG funds and owing to being a capital.You did nothing to improve the healthcare, education, poverty, water, electricity, corruption,...you did not even raise your voice with the Central govt and you showed complete disregard for extremely poor performance of Delhi police and of the atrocities taking place.It is clear that you haven't learnt any lesson from your defeat and the first lesson that you need to have learnt but didn't was not to be arrogant. You were too arrogant and dismissive about Arvind Kejriwal, about corruption and your party's wrongdoings.
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        Harshawardhan Joshi
        Feb 13, 2014 at 11:52 am
        MY NAME IS SHEELA , SHEELA KI JUBANI.. MADAM PEOPLE ESSED YOU CORRECTLY. ITS NOT LIKE PEOLPLE WERE MISLEAD IN LAST 3 DAYS AND U WERE NOT ABLE TO COUNTER THEM, IT MEANS THAT PEOPLE ARE AWAKE AND U COULD NOT FOOL THEM THIS TIME.LOOK AT THE ARROGANCE OF SHEELA DIXIT.EVEN NOW SHE THINKS THAT SHE WAS RIGHT. TOTAL REFUSAL TO INTROSPECT.
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          Harshawardhan Joshi
          Feb 13, 2014 at 11:52 am
          MY NAME IS SHEELA , SHEELA KI JUBANI.. MADAM PEOPLE ESSED YOU CORRECTLY. ITS NOT LIKE PEOLPLE WERE MISLEAD IN LAST 3 DAYS AND U WERE NOT ABLE TO COUNTER THEM, IT MEANS THAT PEOPLE ARE AWAKE AND U COULD NOT FOOL THEM THIS TIME.LOOK AT THE ARROGANCE OF SHEELA DIXIT.EVEN NOW SHE THINKS THAT SHE WAS RIGHT. TOTAL REFUSAL TO INTROSPECT.
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            guptadkj
            Feb 13, 2014 at 8:12 am
            The truth of the matter is that getting the 8 seats they did is a huge miracle,the scam tainted Sheila Dixit should have been in jail after the Shunglu indictment and the central government will be facing huge embarment for protecting this most corrupt person.
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              guptadkj
              Feb 13, 2014 at 8:12 am
              The truth of the matter is that getting the 8 seats they did is a huge miracle,the scam tainted Sheila Dixit should have been in jail after the Shunglu indictment and the central government will be facing huge embarment for protecting this most corrupt person.
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                Joseph R Stephen
                Feb 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm
                Come on Dixit you did a good job. But any congress government will be dismissed by people because of the scams Mr MMS and ministers have created all over India.MMS with his non caring atude for country had made sure that congress is flushed in the toilet. How may times has meet the people in last 5 years !!!!!How many times has he acted when a corruption scandal news came out.His silence is like chillness and cold treatment of people. People hate him for this. The youths have fled from congress.
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                  Joseph R Stephen
                  Feb 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm
                  Come on Dixit you did a good job. But any congress government will be dismissed by people because of the scams Mr MMS and ministers have created all over India.MMS with his non caring atude for country had made sure that congress is flushed in the toilet. How may times has meet the people in last 5 years !!!!!How many times has he acted when a corruption scandal news came out.His silence is like chillness and cold treatment of people. People hate him for this. The youths have fled from congress.
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                    Kuppuswamy Ramani
                    Feb 13, 2014 at 9:13 am
                    you said Dixit "Kejariwal Who............." Since as a CM you did not know your own subject people showed you. Now you will never forget your subjects unless of course.........
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                      Kuppuswamy Ramani
                      Feb 13, 2014 at 9:13 am
                      you said Dixit "Kejariwal Who............." Since as a CM you did not know your own subject people showed you. Now you will never forget your subjects unless of course.........
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                        Rajat Khurana
                        Feb 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm
                        Sheila Dik's achievements have been overlooked just because some officials decided to scam in on CWG Games. If not for her government, Delhi wouldn't have Metro or any other modern facilities.
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                          Rajat Khurana
                          Feb 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm
                          Sheila Dik's achievements have been overlooked just because some officials decided to scam in on CWG Games. If not for her government, Delhi wouldn't have Metro or any other modern facilities.
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                            Raj
                            Feb 13, 2014 at 3:26 am
                            Last three days? The writing was on the wall after commonwealth games !!
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                              Ramasubramani Hariharaiyer
                              Feb 13, 2014 at 10:48 pm
                              Ms Dik,you say that ur party failed to impress the public about achievements.What achievement? Other than organising the various SCAMS and looting the public what did Ur party do for the common man
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                                Ramasubramani Hariharaiyer
                                Feb 13, 2014 at 10:48 pm
                                Ms Dik,you say that ur party failed to impress the public about achievements.What achievement? Other than organising the various SCAMS and looting the public what did Ur party do for the common man
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                                  Rocky Rocky
                                  Feb 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm
                                  Sheila has changed the face of Delhi. Delhi under Sheila has left other metro cities like Mumbai in the dust. Poor Sheila had to take the blame for CWG when her role was minimal and for inefficient and corrupt Delhi police which is under the center gov. Anyway, 15 years reign is commendable by any standard.
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                                    Rocky Rocky
                                    Feb 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm
                                    Sheila has changed the face of Delhi. Delhi under Sheila has left other metro cities like Mumbai in the dust. Poor Sheila had to take the blame for CWG when her role was minimal and for inefficient and corrupt Delhi police which is under the center gov. Anyway, 15 years reign is commendable by any standard.
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