Congress, which faced a humiliating defeat in last year’s Assembly polls that it fought under Dikshit’s leadership,   faces a litmus test in the Lok Sabha elections.  Under these circumstances, it is still not clear as to who will lead the Congress in Delhi right from the Lok Sabha polls to next Assembly elections.  The party has as of now given the charge to its young leader Arvinder Singh Lovely, who has been appointed the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president.

Sheila’s in-laws are from Uttar Pradesh and as a result she is the leader of those people in the national capital who are basically residents of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Her in-laws have also some links with Punjab because of which she was also accepted as the leader of Punjabis and the Sikh community. She was the leader of women as well as the Brahmins. She was also able to impress the high class and upper middle class because of her affluent English.
According to political experts, the Congress benefited a lot in Delhi because of Sheila but the loss was that all others Congress leaders went in the backstage. Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler, H K L Bhagat, Deep Chandra Bandhu, RK Dhawan, Jagpravesh Chandra and Ram Babu Sharma were once the prominent faces of Congress in Delhi.
Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar lost their acceptability after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, while other leaders passed away. It is being said that Dikshit did not allow the other leaders to flourish in front of her.

It was only Ajay Maken or Jai Prakash Agarwal who posed a challenge to Sheila in the last few years. Between the two, Maken gained acceptance similar to Sheila. As a result, there are speculations that the party may take advantage of his growing popularity in the coming days.
It is also being said now that Dikshit’s son and Member of Parliament Sandeep Dikshit will now have to win the election on his own and make the opposition aware of his strengths. If it does not happen then even he may have to face strong challenges in the party.


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