I wasn’t asked to campaign: Sheila Dikshit

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I wasn’t asked to campaign: Sheila Dikshit
New DElhi, 4/26
Sheila Dikshit, a senior Congress leader who
served three consecutive terms as Chief
Minister of the capital, was blunt in her
advice to her party today. “It’s the people’s
mandate, accept it gracefully,” she said, as
the Congress placed third for the local
elections in Delhi. The BJP had a huge lead.
Arvind Kejriwal’s incumbent Aam Aadmi Party
or AAP was second.
Ms Dikshit, 79, widely acclaimed for
efficient governance despite some corruption
scandals that emerged on her watch, said that
the Congress hurtled from the lack of an
aggressive campaign.  No heavyweight member
of the Congress campaigned in the 270 wards
or local constituencies that have voted for
three municipal corporations.”I did not
campaign because I was not invited by the
party, I can’t do it on my own,” she said.
Ms Dikshit’s one-time rival from within the
Congress, Ajay Maken, handled the election
for the party. Top leaders including former
minister AK Walia were vociferous in their
criticism of his alleged no-suggestions-
needed approach. As Lovely went further and
crossed over from the Congress to the BJP
just a week before voting.
“Each time we lose, we learn something,” said
Ms Dikshit. A litany of elections over the
last two years have supplied many teaching
moments for her party, which has lost key
civic body and state elections to the BJP,
whose extended winning streak is credited
largely to the immense popularity of Prime
Minister Narendra Modi.

I wasn’t asked to campaign: Sheila Dikshit

New DElhi, 4/26

Sheila Dikshit, a senior Congress leader who

served three consecutive terms as Chief

Minister of the capital, was blunt in her

advice to her party today. “It’s the people’s

mandate, accept it gracefully,” she said, as

the Congress placed third for the local

elections in Delhi. The BJP had a huge lead.

Arvind Kejriwal’s incumbent Aam Aadmi Party

or AAP was second.

Ms Dikshit, 79, widely acclaimed for

efficient governance despite some corruption

scandals that emerged on her watch, said that

the Congress hurtled from the lack of an

aggressive campaign.  No heavyweight member

of the Congress campaigned in the 270 wards

or local constituencies that have voted for

three municipal corporations.”I did not

campaign because I was not invited by the

party, I can’t do it on my own,” she said.

Ms Dikshit’s one-time rival from within the

Congress, Ajay Maken, handled the election

for the party. Top leaders including former

minister AK Walia were vociferous in their

criticism of his alleged no-suggestions-

needed approach. As Lovely went further and

crossed over from the Congress to the BJP

just a week before voting.

“Each time we lose, we learn something,” said

Ms Dikshit. A litany of elections over the

last two years have supplied many teaching

moments for her party, which has lost key

civic body and state elections to the BJP,

whose extended winning streak is credited

largely to the immense popularity of Prime

Minister Narendra Modi.

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