Sheila Dikshit hoping to 'bounce back' in fresh assembly elections

DikhsitDelhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikhsit. (Reuters)

Shrugging off the humiliating defeat to Congress and herself in the election, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was back in action on Monday as she exhorted party workers to get ready for fresh polls and attacked BJP and the Aam Admi Party for making "impossible promises" to get votes.

Addressing a gathering of party workers at her residence -- her first after the December 4 elections, Dikshit said Congress will "bounce back" if assembly elections are held again in the city to end the current "instability".

"It seems the apprehension (of fresh election) is going to be reality as an era of in-stability is hovering over the city. I am confident that Congress will bounce back as we did every time we lagged behind," she said.

Dikshit's address to the workers came in the backdrop of stepping down of DPCC chief J P Agarwal from the post taking moral responsibility for the defeat in the polls in which Congress managed to win only eight seats in the 70-member assembly.

Asking the party workers to start preparation for the polls, Dikshit told them to leave the disappointment of the defeat "behind" and work unitedly to ensure Congress' "thumping victory in the time to come".

Slamming BJP and AAP for declining to form the government, Dikshit said Congress has been consistently working for the people and expressed confidence that when people vote again, they will keep in mind her performance in the last 15 years.

"Both the major parties in the new Assembly have been running away from their responsibilities of government formation as they are not sure about their governing capabilities. These parties made impossible promises to people during elections," she said.

The AAP had promised to cut power tariff by 50 per cent and supply 700 litres of water free to each household daily while the BJP had said that it will slash the electricity rates by 30 per cent.

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