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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  1. T
    Feb 13, 2015 at 2:52 pm
    Congress will not be trusted by voters till Mrs Sonia hi disowns in public the shady business deal entered by Rober Vadra with DLF here by Rober Vadra pocketed over Rs 350 crores.
    1. R
      Feb 13, 2015 at 1:55 am
      Its time to say goodbye to the Congress party .... The idea that a family owns the party is disgraceful. I hope AAP and newer parties with dynamic, corruption free history succeed in polls and lead India to a bright future. We need parties where performance means more that family connections and service to the country is valued more than caste,
      1. L
        Feb 13, 2015 at 5:22 am
        Why have crakhos from Kerala for different regions, put them back in their own backyard n ask them to win their state for Congress, anthony etc etc. Get leaders from that particular state for party purposes, Congress should have learnt by now
        1. A
          Feb 13, 2015 at 12:08 pm
          My sincere thanks for giving Rahul hi to us.With his help India will soon be Congress mukth Bharath.
          1. A
            Feb 13, 2015 at 1:19 pm
            AAP's broom worked like a Vacuum Cleaner leaving on residue of Congress just left a few from BJP !!! Amazing work !!!
          2. K
            Khushminder Sahasi
            Feb 12, 2015 at 9:22 pm
            There is a need to do plane speaking and do not hide behind allibys.Let every body express in a democratic way. Then weigh and decide future action plan without taking personalities or prejidices.
            1. G
              Feb 13, 2015 at 2:09 pm
              I may disagree with Smt. hi on most issues, but she has a certain humanity and dignity about her. Mother India is proud of you!
              1. J
                Feb 13, 2015 at 10:41 am
                it is high time Ms hi should revamp the party
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