1. Rahul Gandhi gets Ajay Maken to do U-turn on quitting DPCC president’s post

Rahul Gandhi gets Ajay Maken to do U-turn on quitting DPCC president’s post

Congress leader Ajay Maken who resigned from his position as the DPCC President on April 26 following the 'pathetic show' show of Congress in the MCD polls will now continue in his position.

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 3, 2017 2:10 PM
Rahul gandhi, Ajay Maken resignation, Ajay Maken, DPCC president, DPCC, Sheila Dikshit, MCD polls, Arvinder Singh Lovely, Sandeep Dikshit DPCC chief Ajay Maken. (PTI)

Congress leader Ajay Maken who resigned from his position as the DPCC President on April 26 following the ‘pathetic show’ show of Congress in the MCD polls will now continue in his position. According to a Times Now report, the Delhi Congress chief in an interview with the media said, “Rahul Gandhi has asked me to continue as the DPCC President.”

Taking the responsibilities for party’s poor performance in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi polls, state Congress chief Ajai Maken had announced his resignation from the post in the last week of April. He had himself said that the results were below expectations. This move by Maken came after former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit held him responsible for the failure to put up a credible show and even blamed him for the exit of senior leaders like Arvinder Singh Lovely from the party.

Reacting to Dikshit’s statement that there was no aggression in the party at the time of campaigning for the civic polls and that both she and her son Sandeep have been speaking against him for 2 years, Maken said, “If she means that I should reply to her son, I can’t bring that aggression.” He further added, that even as the Congress was doing much better, he was expecting much better results this time.

Along with the announcement of the resignation, Maken had said that he would not take any post in the next one year. “For 1 year I will not take up any post in the party, will work as a party worker,” he had said. Whether he will be given more responsibility or not is unclear as yet.

According to a report released earlier in the week, when party vice president Rahul Gandhi was informed about Ajay Maken’s decision, he along with party in-charge were asked to ‘continue the work they are doing’. According to Indian Express reports, Rahul told them to continue, saying the party’s performance was creditable since its vote share had jumped from 9 per cent to 21 per cent.

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