I am UP’s daughter-in-law, I am ready to do whatever the party wants me to as a foot soldier: Sheila Dikshit

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:July 5, 2016 5:46 pm
sheila dikshit, up, up poll 2017, up elections 2017, congress, rahul gandhi “I am ready to do whatever the party wants me to as a foot soldier,” Former CM Shiela Dikshit told reporters.

Congress veteran Sheila Dikshit, tipped to be the party’s Chief Ministerial face in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls next year, on July 5 asserted that as the state’s “daughter-in-law” she was ready to play any role in the politically crucial state.

Asked whether her “closeness” to the Gandhi family and her Brahmin credentials were an advantage, she said, “I am UP’s daughter-in-law, I married there, I was born there. I think that’s enough as a credential that way.”

“Let the announcement come and then only I will be in a position to comment. But I am ready to do whatever the party wants me to as a foot soldier,” Dikshit told reporters during an interaction with the media at the India Women’s Press Corps in New Delhi.

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Congress party’s election strategist Prashant Kishor is said to be in favour of a Brahmin as the party’s chief ministerial face in UP elections and is believed to have suggested Dikshit’s name.

Contending that one cannot “wish the Congress away”, Dikshit, who originally hails from Punjab, said it was not the first time that the Congress was going through a “low phase”.

Dikshit is the daughter-in-law of prominent Congress leader from UP Uma Shankar Dikshit, who served as Union minister and governor for a long time.

“The time at our disposal is short. That’s the only concern I shared. Although apart from SP, none of the parties including BJP, have actively launched their poll campaign,” Dikshit said on UP.

Asked whether Priyanka Gandhi would participate more actively in Congress’ election campaign in UP, 78-year-old Dikshit said she would be a “great asset” will be “welcomed”.

“I can’t tell you what will happen. It would be too presumptuous on my part to assume things. If she joins she will very welcome because she is familiar with Uttar Pradesh. She will be a great asset,” Dikshit said.

On Rahul Gandhi’s probable elevation to the post of the Congress President, Dikshit wondered whether the “media imagines” a little too much on the issue saying it is a decision that the party’s “Working Committee and the family” will have to take together.

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    S K
    Jul 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm
    She is a better statesperson with rich experience and controlled speaking strategy than any other congress leader at present
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    Ravindra Agrawal
    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm
    What an idea 'UP’s daughter-in-law' is the qualification for UP's CM, g, every daughter-in-law of UP may be the candidate for UP' CM
  3. I
    Jul 5, 2016 at 4:38 pm
    This 78 year old greedy g mamma is still looking for a seat. Due to aged wrinkles on her face, one cannot identify,whether she is crying or smiling. These so called leaders never give space to new Young leaders, till they become bed ridden. This is the draw back of the G Old Party.
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    Sankaran Krishnan
    Jul 6, 2016 at 10:25 am
    Ill luck will follow the Former Delhi CM if she go over to UP either as Congress party leader or as Daughter-in-law of UP and along with you now the problems is for Priyanka who will also face the worst defeat and anyhow be ready to take the blame since the party will not blame the Daughter of the Party President but find fault with DIL as is being done in the families and you are the scapegoat for UP @@@
  5. J
    Jul 5, 2016 at 2:05 pm
    Abe b kar buddi amma. ab kya Marne ke umar me bhi Raj karegi kya.
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