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Sheila Dikshit is the new Delhi Congress chief

Dikshit will be assisted by three working presidents — Devender Yadav, Haroon Yusuf and Rajesh Lilotia

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 10.01.19, 5:50 PM
  • Updated 10.01.19, 6:53 PM
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Sheila Dikshit has been Delhi chief minister thrice. The Telegraph file picture

Former chief minister Sheila Dikshit was appointed the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president on Thursday, days after Ajay Maken resigned from the post citing ill-health.

Making the announcement, All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of the party's Delhi unit, P.C. Chacko, said Dikshit would be assisted by three working presidents — Devender Yadav, Haroon Yusuf and Rajesh Lilotia.

Chacko said there have been no talks within the Delhi unit about an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and that the Congress was fully prepared to contest the parliamentary election on its own.

Maken congratulated Dikshit, saying that under her leadership, the Congress would play the role of a powerful Opposition against the governments in the national capital and at the Centre.

"Congratulations and good wishes to Sheila Dikshit on being appointed as president of the Delhi Congress. I had the opportunity to work and learn under her as a parliamentary secretary and as a cabinet minister. I believe under her leadership, we will play the role of a powerful Opposition against Modi+Kejriwal governments," Maken tweeted in Hindi.

Eighty-year-old Dikshit has been Delhi chief minister thrice.