While a debilitating back pain has been cited as one of the reasons for Maken’s exit, sources said the constant talk among central leaders about the need to have an alliance with the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi could have played a part.
The Congress leaders and workers are against any alliance with the AAP, whose vote share is "fast eroding", for 2019 Parliamentary elections, Delhi Congress chief spokesperson Sharmishtha Mukherjee and senior leader Chatar Singh said in a statement.
A senior AICC leader said Maken has already conveyed to the high command that “it would be difficult for him to continue”. AICC in charge of Delhi, P C Chacko, on the other hand, said Maken will continue to be the Delhi Congress chief.
Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken Friday said the AAP government was raising the demand for full statehood to hide its “failures”, and if Delhi gets the status, it will be at a disadvantage as funds worth hundreds of crores will be slashed.
Kejriwal, who is also Aam Aadmi Party's national convenor, took the opportunity to congratulate Maken's son. "Congratulations to the boy Ajay Maken ji. May Aujaswi do well in life and may God fulfil all his dreams (sic)," he tweeted.
Sonia Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, L K Advani among other leaders remembered former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his 111th birth anniversary who gave the slogan 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan', at his memorial at Vijay Ghat.