New Delhi, May 24: After a meeting with Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said, "He (Rahul Gandhi) woke up all of us. We will fight elections together."
The 75-year-old Delhi CM seems very excited after her meeting with young leader who vowed to fight corruption and said, "The Congress President (Sonia Gandhi) is soft. But I am not soft. I will not tolerate indiscipline. We must work unitedly."
Dikshit, who has been facing tremendous criticism over several alleged corruption charges, was overwhelmed with the Gandhi family scion. However, does not her statement imply the fact that the CM and her government at the national capital was sleeping all these years?
The Delhi Lokayukta Manmohan Sarin recently indicted Dikshit for 'misusing' public funds in government advertisements. Sarin said that these advertisements were installed for political purposes ahead of the assembly polls. Delhi is scheduled to go to the polls later in 2013.
The opposition BJP had accused the Delhi government of spending a staggering Rs 22 crore in advertisements leading upto 2008 state election. The party's former Delhi unit head Vijendra Gupta had complained to the Lokayukta about this in 2009.
BJP workers also staged a protest rally outside Dikshit's residence in New Delhi on Friday, May 24. The protesters demanded her resignation over alleged misuse of public money ahead of the 2008 assembly polls.
Dikshit was not alone who was moved by Rahul's speech at the meeting. Chandini Chowk MP Kapil Sibal was also quoted as saying, "The vision with which Rahul Gandhi is interacting with us clearly shows that his intention is to strengthen the Congress party in a way, that party can work for the people in the coming 40 years."
Taking a tough stand against "indiscipline", Rahul recently removed all the eight zonal presidents in Uttar Pradesh including two Union Ministers RPN Singh and Jitin Prasada and CWC member Rasheed Masood and brought in local leaders in their place. Zonal presidents who faced the axe included senior leaders like PL Punia and Rajaram Pal, MP and state leaders Vivek Singh, Anugrah Narayan Singh and Bijendra Singh.