Congress high command has virtually put Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and her bete noire DPCC chief Rambabu Sharma on notice, suggesting that their continuance would depend on the ruling party's performance in the civic elections due early next year.
Highly placed party sources said it was high time that the party in the national capital gets its act together ahead of the crucial polls where stakes are high for the ruling Congress.
Acknowledging that the Municipal Corporation elections were not an easy affair in view of the demolition and sealing drives, as also people's grievances over inadequate supply of water and power, they said that this was all the more reason that the party and the government put up a united face.
The sources said that the recent success of the NSUI in the Delhi Univerity Students' Union polls was an example of how things turn out in favour of the party when the chief minister and the PCC chief put their differences aside and work together.
The warning by the Central leadership has come close on the heels of the announcement of the much-delayed list of PCC executive and office-bearers, which has been tilted in favour of the detractors of the chief minister, including Sharma, Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler.