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Delhi Congress’ internal turmoil grows, tussle between Sheila Dikshit and PC Chacko

New Delhi | After former Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit on Friday had dissolved 280 block committees of its state unit, state party in-charge PC Chacko called the move “erratic”.

based on a report submitted by a five-member panel formed to review the party’s performance in the recent Lok Sabha polls, the three-time chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit, had dissolved the committees.

These block committees were appointed last year by former Congress Delhi Chief Ajay Maken.

AICC in-charge of the national capital PC Chacko overturned the decision, a move that hinted differences between the two leaders.

Chacko, All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Delhi unit, “stayed” dissolution of block committees and forwarded copies of his order to Congress president Rahul Gandhi as well as Dikshit, party sources said.

“As a DPCC chief, one is not expected to behave so irresponsibly. The block presidents are elected leaders in the party and dissolution of these committees cannot be done without taking into consideration the working presidents,” he said.

Delhi Congress leaders, including Dikshit and Chacko, met Gandhi on Friday, who advised them to work unitedly in the wake of Assembly polls in Delhi scheduled to be held early next year.

A group of Congress leaders on Saturday met Congress general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal and Chacko and protested the move to dissolve the block committees.

“We told the two leaders that the block committees and their presidents were elected and they can not be dissolved all of a sudden before Assembly elections since it takes a lot of time to form them,” said Chatar Singh, who was in the meeting.

“It is only for removal of district presidents that the approval of AICC president is required. The process for constitution of new committees has already begun in view of the Assembly elections in Delhi scheduled early next year,” a Congress leader said.

The differences in the party had surfaced during Lok Sabha polls, when PC Chacko and Maken batted for an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) to defeat the BJP.

Dikshit and her followers in the party strongly resisted the alliance which finally failed to materialise.

Congress lost all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi at the hands of the BJP with huge margins.

(With PTI inputs)

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