Agarwal gives in: Sheila face of Cong in Delhi

Just weeks after AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi reiterated the need for better coordination and communication between the Delhi government and the Congress party unit, Delhi Congress Pradesh Committee (DPCC) chief

J P Agarwal described Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit as the face of the party in the national capital.

Agarwal's statement is indicative of a thaw, at least for now, between the two leaders who have been at loggerheads. Also, New Delhi MP Ajay Maken is now in the AICC as a general secretary, giving Dikshit some breathing space.

Agarwal and Dikshit were at the Delhi Congress headquarters on Thursday to felicitate the new Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress president Onika Mehrotra. Incidentally, this is also the first time that Dikshit has visited the DPCC office for party work.

CM's secretary writes to Kejriwal on poster campaign, he hits back

In a letter to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's political secretary, Pawan Khera, has demanded that Kejriwal stop a recent poster campaign against Dikshit. The AAP advertisements juxtapose Kejriwal and Dikshit in which the latter is labelled as corrupt.

The letter states: "I write to bring to your attention a rather uncouth campaign on autorickshaws hitherto not seen in this city known for a dignified political culture... I think you should intervene to stop such an uncivilised campaign, since you have all along claimed to be a representative of civil society."

Khera added: "In the past too you have used language unbecoming of an educated man, against your political rivals. While you are free to take a political stand against individuals and policies, kindly refrain from such personal attacks which reduce politics to a cheap gimmick."

Asked about the letter, Kejriwal said he had received it on Thursday. "The only thing I have to say is that if CM Dikshit wants to talk to me about anything, she should do it herself and not through somebody," Kejriwal said.

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