Former Delhi CM throned as state’s party unit chief

Congress throned three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at the helm of the party’s Delhi unit.

This came after party’s senior leader Ajay Maken, who had the job, was allowed to walk away from the post last week.

Ahead of the formal announcement by the party, Ajay Maken tweeted: “Congratulations to Sheila Dikshit for being appointed as the state Congress chief again. I got the chance to work and learn under her as parliamentary secretary and cabinet minister.

I have full confidence that under her leadership, we will play the role of a formidable opposition against PM Modi’s and Arvind Kejriwal governments”.

Over the last five years, the Congress had been a “formidable foe” to the Aam Aadmi Party under the leadership of Ajay Maken.

It is said that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is at loggerheads with the Congress after their partnership ended with his 49-day tenure as Chief Minister in 2013.

The selection of the 80-year-old — one of the most popular and the longest serving Chief Ministers of Delhi who led the government from 1998 to 2013 – is also is in line with the Congress’s reliance on tried and tested leaders in the states.

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