Delhi Cong leaders meet Sonia over new state unit chief


New Delhi, September 7, 2019

To build consensus over the new Delhi Congress chief's post, lying vacant since the death of Sheila Dikshit, party interim chief Sonia Gandhi met a delegation of the state party leaders here on Saturday.
According to a party leader, senior Delhi Congress leaders Narendra Nath, Ramakant Goswami, Mangat Ram Singhal and Kiran Walia had an over one-hour meeting with Gandhi at her residence. They took up the issue of the new state party chief and new state in-charge of the Congress.
According to a Congress leader, Gandhi heard the party leaders' views, but will take a decision after discussions with several other senior party leaders.
On Thursday, Sonia Gandhi met Delhi Congress in-charge P. C. Chacko, former city unit chief Ajay Maken, Aravinder Singh Lovely and Subhash Chopra to discuss the issue.
The post of state Congress unit chief has been lying vacant since the death of three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on July 20. Chacko had last week asked the party to relieve him of his duties.
On Friday, Delhi AAP legislator Alka Lamba rejoined the Congress after six years.
The Congress, eyeing a comeback in the national capital that it ruled for three consecutive terms from 1998 to 2013 under Dikshit, is still unable to put its house in order.
On the other hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has launched the campaign for Delhi Assembly, which will go to polls early next year.
Delhi BJP unit chief Manoj Tiwari, who represents the northeast Delhi parliamentary constituency and senior BJP leader Vijay Goel have been holding a series of programmes in the run-up to the Assembly elections.
The Congress had lost the 2013 elections to the Aam Aadmi Party and was wiped out in the 2015 Assembly elections when the AAP won 67 out of the 70 seats. The BJP had won three seats.

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