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Delhi MCD elections litmus test for Maken's leadership: Sheila Dikshit

Ahead Of Civic Body Elections In Delhi, Dikshit Said MCD Polls Would Be A Litmus Test For Ajay Maken And Hit Out At Arvinder Singh Lovely, Who Quit The Party To Join The BJP, Terming Him An Opportunist.

PTI | Updated on: 22 Apr 2017, 10:43:48 AM
Sheila Dikshit (File Photo)

New Delhi:

Seems like former Delhi chief minister and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit has taken the task of showing the mirror to Congress in her hands. After her remark on Rahul Gandhi's maturity, it's Congress's Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken who is on her radar next.

Ahead of civic body elections in Delhi, Dikshit said MCD polls would be a litmus test for Ajay Maken and hit out at Arvinder Singh Lovely, who quit the party to join the BJP, terming him an "opportunist".

She said that if Congress manages to win a "good number" of seats in the municipal corporation elections, thenMaken will prove his detractors in Delhi Congress wrong.

"Let us wait for the election results when we will be really able to judge whether our impression is correct or incorrect. If Congress wins a good number of seats then what we are thinking would be proved wrong," she said when asked about questions on Maken's style of functioning.

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Dikshit's name was not included in the list of party'stop campaigners although Maken had claimed that he had a written to her for participating in the campaigning for party candidates.

Maken has faced criticism from some senior leaders ofDelhi Congress over ticket distribution for the elections. A former member of the Dikshit regime AK Walia had threatened to quit the party in protest against Maken.

Dikshit hit out at Lovely saying he lacked commitment to the Congress ideology and joined the BJP for "personal gains".

"Lovely had been a minister in the Congress government and a DPCC president. As an opportunist, he has gone away from here. Congress gave him everything he deserved. He did not seem to have neither patience nor commitment to the ideology of the Congress and he went away for personal gains," Dikshit told NDTV.

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First Published : 22 Apr 2017, 10:04:00 AM