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Sonia directs Dikshit, Sharma to work together

Sonia directed Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and DPCC chief Rambabu Sharma to bury the hatchet in the interest of the people.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 19:27 IST

With differences between Congress party and its Government in Delhi coming out in the open, AICC Chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday intervened in the issue.

Sonia directed Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and DPCC chief Rambabu Sharma to bury the hatchet in the interest of the people.

Against the backdrop of intra-party bickerings over the demolition drive, Gandhi held over two-hour-long meeting with Dikshit and her known-detractor Sharma and asked both of them to "work together" to resolve the problems faced by the people of the national capital.

Gandhi reviewed the decisions taken by the Coordination Committee, formed late last year to form better understanding between the Government and the party, and expressed "concern" over the situation arising out of the drive to remove illegal constructions in the national capital.

"When a party comes to power, there are bound to be differences between the organisation and the Government. It's also here. But we will have to sit and talk to sort out all the issues," AICC General Secretary Ashok Gehlot, who also attended the meeting said.

Admitting that there were "some differences" between the party and the Government, he said the Congress President's message to both of them was to work together to find solutions to the problems faced by the people of Delhi.

"Both of them (Dikshit and Sharma) are intelligent. I hope they understand the message," he said emerging from the meeting.

First Published: Feb 10, 2006 19:27 IST