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Congress to name Sheila Dikshit as UP Chief Ministerial candidate?

Sheila Dikshit on Thursday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul in Delhi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 16, 2016 5:49 pm
Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit has been appointed Congress in-charge of Punjab. Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit has been appointed Congress in-charge of Punjab.

Congress leader and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit could be fielded as the chief ministerial candidate in Uttar Pradesh, according to news channel NDTV.

Dikshit on Thursday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul in Delhi. Speculation is rife among party circles that the leadership is likely to propose her name for leading the Congress campaign in Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress had roped in poll strategist Prashant Kishor to guide the party in the crucial state assembly elections, scheduled for next year. Kishor previously proposed Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul’s name as the party’s CM face, but the idea was soon dropped.

Meanwhile, Dikshit could also be named as the party’s Punjab and Haryana in-charge after Kamal Nath tendered his resignation to party chief Sonia Gandhi, according to news channel India Today reported.

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The Congress party is yet to make an announcement in this regard.

The party had come under strident attack for naming Kamal Nath, a politician long under a 1984 anti-Sikh riots cloud, as party in-charge of Punjab and Haryana.

Dikshit, born in Punjab, had last served as Governor of Kerala. During her political career, she has served as Delhi chief minister for three consecutive terms as well as a Member of Parliament in 1984.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal called Nath’s appointment as “the ultimate insult to Sikhs” and AAP’s HS Phoolka said the Congress was trying to “rub salt on the wounds” of the 1984 riot victims and their kin.

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Nath, in his resignation letter, said he had been “blessed to have a long career with the party right from the Youth Congress to being general secretary to being a minister in the Congress governments since 1991 and never has there been any stigma attached to my name.”

“Certain elements are raking up these issues now only for political gains. I am touched by the support shown to me by our party workers and leaders in Punjab in repudiating the false accusations. I am a practitioner of Nehruvian politics and maligning of the Congress party using false accusations is unacceptable to me.”

“I wish the party focus on the upcoming assembly elections and highlight issues of misgovernance, misery of the farmers and youth, breakdown of law and order and rampant drug trade that caused untold misery to the people of Punjab. Given this, I request that I may be relieved of my charge to ensure that the attention is not diverted from the real issues facing Punjab,” he said.

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    Piyush
    Jun 16, 2016 at 2:19 pm
    Yupp..ab aa yoga maza..only corruption of Sheila can challenge that of Nakkhilesh and Mayawati
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      vikas
      Jun 16, 2016 at 11:16 am
      I THINK BJP win up election. Time will tell everything wait and watch
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      1. Vikas yadav
        Jun 16, 2016 at 1:44 pm
        It's good strategy by congres to pramote brahaman leader that ultimately split the brahaman votes paves the way of Samajwadi Party to come in power again.....
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          Deshu
          Jun 16, 2016 at 11:08 am
          Coming to power in UP is next to impossible.It can hardy going to get 15-20 seats when Tsunami of Modi and Mulayam Singh is expected during UP election.Congress party has lt;br/gt;to play secondary role till party gets better Working president after fSonia hi.
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            Deshu
            Jun 16, 2016 at 2:25 pm
            Congress Party is ready to lose its two eyes and become blind provided BJP loses one eye.
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