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Will bounce back in re-election, says rejuvenated Sheila

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 17, 2013
First Published: 01:42 IST(17/12/2013) | Last Updated: 01:49 IST(17/12/2013)

Making her first appearance after her party's humiliating defeat in the Delhi assembly elections, ousted chief minister Sheila Dikshit said the Congress had bounced back every time after lagging behind in the election race.

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She asked a group of party workers to sincerely work together to ensure the party wins the Delhi assembly re-election and the Lok Sabha elections, which are less than six months away.

"It seems the apprehension (of a fresh election) is going to be reality as an era of instability is hovering over the city. I am confident that the Congress will bounce back as we did every time we lagged behind," she said.

Dikshit criticised the Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party for running away from their responsibilities of forming a government. She was addressing a group of party workers from the Rajendra Nagar assembly constituency. Former MLA from Rajendra Nagar, Ramakant Goswami, also attended the meeting.

The Congress delivered its worst performance in the assembly elections this year with just eight seats in 70-member house. The Congress' vote share fell sharply by almost 16% this time, from 40.3% in 2008 to about 26% this year. The party's worst performance before 2013 elections was in 1993 when it had won 14 seats.

Several political heavyweights, including Sheila Dikshit, lost their election to political newbie Aam Aadmi Party and traditional rivals Bharatiya Janata Party.

Dikshit's address came a day after Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Jai Prakash Agarwal stepped down from his post owning moral responsibility for the defeat.

Asking the party workers to start preparations for the polls, Dikshit told them to leave the disappointment of the defeat "behind" and work unitedly to ensure Congress' "thumping victory in the time to come".

Dikshit slammed the BJP and AAP for declining to form the government. Dikshit said the Congress had been consistently working for the people and expressed confidence that when people vote again, they will keep in mind her performance in the last 15 years.

"Both the major parties in the new Assembly have been running away from their responsibilities of government formation as they are not sure about their governing capabilities. These parties made impossible promises to people during elections," she said.

The AAP had promised to cut power tariff by 50% and supply 700 litres of water free to each household daily while the BJP had said that it will slash the electricity rates by 30%.


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