The Congress may have to do some more hunting to find a face for its Uttar Pradesh campaign. The Congress which had proposed the name of Sheila Dikshit to be the face of the UP campaign is unlikely to take up the job according to sources in the party.
The name of Sheila Dikshit was proposed following a recommendation made by election strategist, Prashant Kishore. He had said that a Brahmin face could help the party in the state where there is a sizeable number from the community.
Last week there was speculation rife that she may take up the post. However the FIR registered in the tanker scam in which she has been named came as a dampener. Sheila Dikshit is said to have turned down the offer.
While some say that it could be cause of her name appearing in the FIR, others say that the exact reason is unclear. There has however not been any official word from the Congress on this issue.
The Congress finds itself struggling in UP. In fact it is placed fourth in the state. The campaign for Uttar Pradesh would be a hard fought and bitter one. The BJP too is looking to win UP and the campaign has been aggressive so far.
The Congress had in fact gone to Kishore to lay out a strategy and he had suggested the name of Sheila Dikshit to be the face of the party in UP.