It was a show run by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit all the way. Sitting next to United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi at the Mangolpuri rally, Dikshit managed to convey the message that as far as Delhi Congress was concerned, she called the shots.
The line-up of candidates for the November 29 assembly polls had Dikshit detractors grumbling that the CM had completely overlooked the suggestion of other prominent leaders like MPs Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler and Ajay Maken.
The leaders literally took backseat once again as Dikshit sat next to Gandhi and Maken, Tytler, Kumar and MP Krishna Tirath lined up behind the duo. Union minister Kapil Sibal, DPCC chief Jai Prakash Aggarwal and Delhi urban development minister Raj Kumar Chauhan looked on. Considered a staunch Dikshit detractor, Maken stood right behind his political bete noire.
“You have chosen the Congress twice in Delhi because of the work done by the government… You can see the work done in Delhi in the last 10 years, but some people (BJP) choose not to see the work,” said Gandhi, praising the Dikshit government for its performance.
“It was a Dikshit-centric speech. It became clear that Dikshit is the chosen one,” said a party insider.
Dikshit, on the other hand, chose to simply highlight the government’s achievements in the areas of education, transport and infrastructure development, while preferring to skirt the issue of price rise that the BJP has berated the Congress with.
She said in rural areas, the government would give better compensation for land acquired.