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Prominent citizens seek votes for Sheila Dikshit

A group of prominent individuals has issued an appeal to Delhiites to cast their votes on December 1 so that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is returned to power.

india Updated: Nov 29, 2003 11:52 IST

A group of prominent individuals has issued an appeal to Delhiites to cast their votes on December 1 so that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is returned to power.

The appeal has been signed by 23 people, including author Khushwant Singh, former education secretary Kapila Vatsyayan, former foreign secretary S.K. Singh, painter Satish Gujral, danseuse Mallika Sarabhai, cardiologist Naresh Trehan, poet Javed Akhtar, activist Swami Agnivesh, Church leaders John Dayal and Rev Valson Thampu, and academics Mushirul Hasan and Zoya Hasan.

The appeal credits Dikshit with “projecting the vision both for a better Delhi and a better India by being vastly idealistic, ambitious and dynamic on behalf of its citizens”. The signatories believe the chief minister and her government have, over the past five years, achieved much of what Delhi's citizens desired and demanded. Dikshit has, the appeal says, “demonstrated the capacity (for) making Delhi more liveable, better and greater”.

According to the authors of the appeal, Dikshit has "never shirked responsibility in any area in the public domain and has shown us what a just and fair society in our capital region can be, should be". She has done this, the appeal says, in spite of heading a government “which does not enjoy full powers”.

First Published: Nov 29, 2003 11:52 IST