Ajay Maken stays as Delhi Congress chief, says Rahul asked him to continue
Maken and Chacko had resigned after taking moral responsibility for the Congress’ defeat in Delhi municipal elections. The party won only 30 out of 270 seats in the polls and finished third after BJP and AAP.delhi Updated: May 03, 2017 23:42 IST
Senior Congress party leader Ajay Maken and PC Chacko will continue to be Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president (DPCC) and the party’s in-charge of Delhi affairs respectively.
The resignations of both the leaders were not accepted by the party.
Maken and Chacko had resigned after taking moral responsibility for the Congress’ defeat in Delhi municipal elections. The party won only 30 out of 270 seats in the polls and finished third after BJP and AAP.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Delhi pradesh Congress committee president Maken said, “Rahul Gandhiji asked me to continue. He said that the increase in vote percentage was encouraging.”
“The party leadership heard both of us and then Rahul Gandhi asked me to continue, to take things to their logical conclusion and make Congress the number one party in Delhi again,” he said.
Some party leaders, including former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, were critical of Maken and had given public statements against him after the municipal poll results were out.
Maken, however, expressed satisfaction over the party’s increased vote share in the recent polls. “Our vote share was 9% in the Delhi Assembly election in 2015. It has gone up to 22% in the MCD polls, indicating that the traditional voters are coming back to us,” he said.
‘Give us names of those involved in anti-party activities’
The Delhi Congress has asked its councillors to name the party leaders and workers who indulged in “anti-party” activities.
“The disciplinary action committee of the party will receive complaints from the candidates till May 5. We have got reports that some Congress workers contested against their party candidates. In such cases, action will be taken based on the report,” said Maken.
AAP IS B TEAM OF BJP
Taking a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Maken said that the ruling party was the B-team of the BJP and its top leaders, including Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, were “hand in glove” with the RSS.
“The 2011 Anna Hazare agitation was given the financial support by the RSS after which the AAP was born to wean away the traditional voters of Congress,” he said.
The AAP contested the Punjab and Goa assembly polls only to eat the Congress vote share, he further said.
First Published: May 03, 2017 23:41 IST