Dikshit, Chacko and Maken lock horns after Delhi poll rout; Sonia intervenes to douse fire

Chacko and Delhi PCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely met Gandhi in the evening to brief her on the Delhi poll outcome.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: February 12, 2015 9:26 pm
Congress President Sonia Gandhi addresses the crowd during an election campaign rally at Badarpur in New Delhi on Sunday. (Source: PTI) Chacko and Delhi PCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, who had already put in their resignations, met Gandhi in the evening to brief her on the Delhi poll outcome.

An open war today broke out in Congress over its whitewash in Delhi elections with Sheila Dikshit attacking party’s face in the polls Ajay Maken, forcing party President Sonia Gandhi to intervene to douse the fire by asking them not to squabble in public.

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Hours after Dikshit attacked Maken and Congress in-charge for Delhi affairs P C Chacko virtually asking her to shut up, Sonia said it was unfortunate that senior leaders were quarrelling in the open and asked them to show restraint.

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“The Congress President said that it is unfortunate. She said that senior leaders should keep restraint. She asked me to convey to all senior leaders to refrain from making such comments on their colleagues,” AICC in-charge for Delhi polls P C Chacko told reporters  after meeting Gandhi here.

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Chacko and Delhi PCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, who had already put in their resignations, met Gandhi in the evening to brief her on the Delhi poll outcome. Maken,  Chacko and Lovely had also met party Vice President Rahul Gandhi last evening.

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The three will continue to discharge their functions till the leadership takes a view on their resignations.

Gandhi’s strong message came as knives were out in the party over the  debacle.

“I just pity him. Ajay Maken was not the way to put the right focus. He thought he would do all by himself. He did not involve anyone else. Quite obviously his style did not help the Congress party,” 76-year-old Dikshit said, in a no-holds-barred attack on her younger rival in the party.

Chacko and Lovely strongly backed the beleaguered Maken, who was the party’s chief ministerial face as the Chairman of Congress Campaign Committee.

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