Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal had to go through an embarrassing sequence of events on Wednesday. The former union minister received several phone calls wanting to know whether he had left the Congress or not, according to The Indian Express report. According to the report, there was an article that stated Sibal has launched his own outfit and also registered a new party by the name of ‘Sabki Congress’. Sibal out-rightly rejected the report saying it was ‘rubbish’. It has been learned that he also asked the callers to check the authenticity of the news report from the Election Commission. Officials at the Election Commission said they were not aware of any registration of a new party by that name.
This happened after Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken and Congress’ in-charge of Delhi affairs P C Chacko had resigned from their posts yesterday, owning responsibility for the party’s dismal show in the MCD polls despite being at the helm of affairs for over two years. Chacko had sent his resignation to party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi.
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Maken said he will not take up any post in the party for a year and will perform his duty as an ordinary worker, while Chacko called for introspection to ascertain the reasons for its defeat in Delhi and to redefine its future strategy.
“As President of Delhi Congress I take moral responsibility and offer to resign from my post. I have decided to resign from my post,” Maken said. He also said, “It is a reasonable revival of the Congress but I had hoped for something better than this. I had expected to perform a little better”, as per a PTI report.
Chacko on his part when asked told PTI, “Failure is failure and we must take responsibility”. “Congress has to introspect. There are many reasons for the failure of the party and they should redefine their strategy for the future and that can be done by a new team and that is why we sent in our resignations,” he said.
Maken claimed there has been a rise in the vote percentage of the Congress in Delhi.
“We have fought the election on positive issues. We are satisfied that we raised reasonable issues in the election. I was given a free hand during my two-year tenure as Delhi Congress president in organisational appointments,” he said.
His remarks came after former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had said that Maken failed to reach out to the people and even blamed his “lack of involvement” of the local leadership. At the AICC briefing, party spokesperson Ajoy Kumar complimented Maken for his efforts at improving the party’s vote share from nine to 21 per cent in the civic polls.
“Delhi Congress in-charge P C Chacko and state chief Ajay Maken are good, mature leaders and have worked very hard. Our vote share in Delhi has improved from 9 per cent in 2014 to 21 per cent today,” he said defending Maken. Asked whether they have resigned, Kumar said, “Ajay Maken has resigned but it is for the party to see what to do. Victory and loss are part of the game but Maken worked very hard”, the PTI report said.