Voices against Dikshit get louder
Taking their campaign a step forward, the disgruntled lot of Delhi legislators accused chief minister Sheila Dikshit of running Delhi government as a "dictator" without taking the "organisation" into confidence.delhi Updated: Apr 20, 2011 00:16 IST
Taking their campaign a step forward, the disgruntled lot of Delhi legislators accused chief minister Sheila Dikshit of running Delhi government as a "dictator" without taking the "organisation" into confidence.
In the meeting of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC), called to welcome Congress general secretary Chaudhary Birendra Singh who was recently given charge of Delhi state, the MLAs once again said the Cabinet's decision to split Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and increase the number of councillors will cost the party dearly in upcoming municipals elections, which are less than 10 months away.
While the disgruntled leaders chose a party function to voice their protest, Dikshit maintained a stoic silence.
After receiving brickbats from her colleagues, Dikshit called a meeting of her Cabinet at Delhi secretariat and decided to uphold its earlier decision to split the civic body.
"Cabinet's decision is sacrosanct. We have taken the decision in the larger interest of the people of Delhi. We are not rolling it back," said a minister, requesting anonymity.
"Division of MCD is just an excuse. Every disgruntled fellow out there has some or the other issue with the chief minister. They are all working according to a plan," the minister added.
A few MLAs, municipal Councillors and other Congress leaders, however, were critical of Dikshit's "autocratic way of functioning" at the meeting on Tuesday.
"The government is not a private company that anyone can run the way he wants," said Mukesh Sharma, a four-time MLA.
"If some people are under the impression that the party wins an election on one person's name, then they are mistaken.
The Congress government functions on Sonia Gandhi's name," Sharma said.
Sharma is one of the few MLAs who have always been at loggerheads with Dikshit. Talking to reporters after the meeting, Sharma said he was not in favour of splitting the civic agency and the CM never took party colleagues into confidence before taking the decision.
"Such decisions which may have an impact on the party should first be discussed at the party platform before the Cabinet takes a decision," said Hasan Ahmed, MLA from Karawal Nagar.
Leader of the opposition in MCD Jaikishan Sharma said increasing the number of councillors from 272 to 408 would make the party weaker in the elections and smaller parties and individuals would contest and win elections.