Sheila Dikshit accuses DPCC President of non-cooperation
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Still trying to absorb her party's drubbing in Assembly polls, Sheila Dikshit Monday accused Delhi Congress party and its president J P Agarwal of not enthusiastically backing her but stopped short of saying that it was deliberate.
75-year-old Dikshit lost her bid for a fourth term as Delhi's Chief Minister with Congress only bagging eight seats in the 70-member assembly, way behind BJP's 31 and newcomer Aam Admi Party's (AAP) 28. Her own defeat at the hands of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal by a whopping 25,000 votes was an additional shock.
Has defeat, both of the party and her own sunk in?, Dikshit was asked during an interview with PTI.
In a philosophical vein, she responded by saying that "in a democratic set up there is nothing beyond the people. So, they have taken a decision."
What worries her a lot is the fact that the people's verdict in Delhi is fractured with no party in a position to form the government raising the likelihood of a spell of President's rule followed by fresh elections.
"I was so certain that Delhi people will be sensible and will not go in for instability and bad governance. But it has happened," she said.
Asked if she was a victim of the mistakes of the central government including price rise and corruption scandals, Dikshit replied, "I am also part of the system. Why should I be the victim?"
Pressed further as to whether being the Chief Minister of national capital was a double whammy, she replied in the affirmative but added, "I have to carry my own burden".
Dikshit went on to say that there was absence of coordination between the party and the government in Delhi with which the central government had nothing to do.
"The party was not active enough," she affirmed before elaborating that though her government had prepared a lot of documentation about the work done by it, the party merely told the people "bahut kaam hua (lot of work has been done)". That is not enough, she said.