Their party in disarray, eight Cong MLAs don’t know who to turn to

Dec 10 2013, 02:10 IST
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SummaryAhmad said he was anticipating a meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi soon to review the election results and discuss the way forward.

A day after the Congress was routed in the Delhi Assembly elections, the eight winning MLAs of the party are at sea — they are yet to hear from the party high command.

Of the eight MLAs, six represent minority-dominated areas. These include Chaudhary Mateen Ahmad (Seelampur), Asif Mohammad Khan (Okhla), Haroon Yusuf (Ballimaran), Hasan Ahmed (Mustafabad) Prahlad Singh Sawhney (Chandni Chowk) and Arvinder Singh Lovely (Gandhi Nagar). Two represent relatively backward areas — Devender Yadav (Badli) and Jai Kishen (Sultanpur Majra).

Senior Congress leader and fifth-time legislator from Seelampur, Chaudhary Mateen Ahmad said, “We are waiting to hear from the party. Until now, we have not received any word from the state or national leadership.” He said he was anticipating a meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi soon to review the election results and discuss the way forward.

Sources said with the Congress being relegated to third position in the House, the proposition of supporting any other party “has been ruled out”.

Stating that it was impossible to repeat what three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had done for the capital, Okhla MLA Asif Mohammad Khan said a decision regarding a party meeting will be taken soon. “There is nothing to analyse, when there is a government, we will take our position in Assembly,” he said.

After the verdict, the MLAs met the electorate and then waited — expecting a call from Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) general secretary Shakeel Ahmed. But they are yet to receive any call from the DPCC.

Speaking to Newsline, Shakeel Ahmed said, “Our MLAs have won at a difficult time. We will arrange a meeting with party president Sonia Gandhi in a day or two.”

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