In 2008, she made a record of sorts by winning the assembly elections for the third time in succession. In 2009, the Congress swept the parliamentary elections 7-0 in the city and the credit once again was given to her.
The Congress high-command has once again entrusted the responsibility of leading the party to municipal elections and ensuring victory on its most trusted lieutenant, Sheila Dikshit.
Senior party leaders said that the responsibility of finalising the party’s manifestoes for the upcoming municipal elections had been given to chief minister Sheila Dikshit and her team.
The voting for Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will take place on April 15.
The Congress had initially formed a manifesto committee under the chairmanship of west Delhi Member of Parliament Mahabal Mishra.
Amid the controversy and clash of ideas between the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee and Sheila Dikshit on whether there should be three separate manifestos for three new corporations or one consolidated one, the committee had submitted its draft to the party leadership last week.
“It was Sheila Dikshit’s idea to divide the MCD into three smaller parts, to make it administratively effective and keep 50% seats reserved for women in the civic body. The party leadership wants Sheila Dikshit to take the party’s accomplishments to the public and also explain to the electorate how trifurcation will make the system more effective,” a senior Congress leader said.
Sources said Dikshit had managed to convince the leadership on how important it was to have three separate manifestos for the three municipal corporations in east, north and south Delhi.
A team of Dikshit’s aides is now working on three manifestos by adding area specific issues and proposals in each one of them.
Sources said that Dikshit wants to add something to cater to the specific needs of each area in the three municipalities.
The Congress had lost the 2007 municipal elections to the BJP by a huge margin. In the 272-members body, the Congress had managed to win only 74 seats. Sources said the Congress desperately wants to come back to power in the MCD and chief minister Sheila Dikshit seemed to be the sole person who could make that possible.