While thousands cheered Arvind Kejriwal as he took oath,the road outside Sheila Dikshits soon-to-be-vacated official residence at Moti Lal Nehru Marg was nearly deserted. The gates of the house remained locked for most of the day. Dikshit,who had dismissed Kejriwal as a monsoon pest before losing polls to him,didnt attend the oath-taking ceremony.
Sources close to the former CM said she spent most of Saturday packing up various paintings,artefacts and books that she collected over the years. Shes also looking for a new house in New Delhi,her former constituency. She has a massive collection of books and paintings. Shes also looking for a place to store them, a close aide said.
On Saturday morning,Sheila Diksiht went to the Congress headquarters on 24,Akbar Road for the 128th foundation day of the Congress,which,ironically,coincided with Kejriwals oath-taking ceremony.
I think shes still trying to acclimatise herself to this new scenario. But at the same time,shes enjoying the fact that she has time at her disposal, a senior Congress leader said.
After returning from the partys foundation day ceremony,she instructed the security guards at her residence not to allow journalists inside.
She has also ordered a new car. Sheila Dikshit was one of the few candidates who contested elections this year without a car.
On Friday she told reporters at her residence that she planned to drive her new car herself and that shed always enjoyed driving,while admitting that negotiating with the increased traffic in Delhi might take some getting used to.