With consensus eluding within Congress on splitting the MCD, chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday met Sonia Gandhi and explained to her the rationale behind the proposal to divide the civic body ahead of next year's municipal polls.
During the half-an-hour meeting with Gandhi, Dikshit strongly argued for splitting the MCD on the ground that dividing the civic body will enhance its performance while seeking reservation of 50% seats for women instead of current 33%.
"The issue of splitting the MCD figured in the meeting. Dikshit explained to her about the proposal," AICC sources said.
Although Dikshit has been strongly pushing for splitting the MCD ahead of next year's municipal polls, DPCC president J P Aggarwal and several other leaders are opposing it tooth and nail saying majority in the party was not in favour of the proposal.
Sources said Aggarwal has sent a letter to Gandhi earlier this week seeking status quo till next year's municipal election and opposing increase in quota for women from 33% to 50%.
"Aggarwal has sought status quo till the election. In his letter, he said the proposal should be examined after the election," they said.
A high-level meeting last week among Dikshit, Gandhi's Political Secretary Ahmed Patel, AICC General Secretary in-charge of Delhi Birender Singh and Aggarwal, failed to arrive at a consensus on the issue and left it to the party chief to take a final decision.