Sheila Dikshit hurt in road mishap in UP

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Lucknow, July 18: Congress' chief ministerial candidate for Uttar Pradesh Sheila Dikshit on Sunday escaped with minor injuries after a makeshift platform on an open mini-truck collapsed during a roadshow here.

Dikshit, 78, reportedly lost her balance after the plank dislocated when her cavalcade was on its way to the party headquartes on Mall Avenue from the Amausi airport in Lucknow.

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Sheila Dikshit hurt in road mishap

Dikshit was then extended a helping hand by other leaders present there and later shifted to a car, a senior party functionary said.

The three-time chief minister of Delhi was on her first visit to Uttar Pradesh after Congress declared her as its chief ministerial candidate for the crucial 2017 polls, considered a do-or-die battle for the party.

Congress chose Dikshit, a Brahmin, as its face for the polls considering "her strong credentials as chief minister of Delhi for three consecutive terms" to enable the party regain support of the electorally-sizeable community.

The Brahmin community, a traditional Congress vote bank, had shifted its allegiance to BJP in the advent of the Mandir-Mandal politics.

A large chunk of Brahmin votes had gone to Mayawati's BSP in the past when she gave tickets to many candidates belonging to that community, whose support determines the poll outcome in several seats in central and eastern Uttar Pradesh.

The newly-appointed chief of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee and actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar accompanied Dikshit during the road show which started from the airport, braving intermittent smart showers.

Congress has also announced coordination and campaign committees for Uttar Pradesh which will be headed by Sanjay Singh and Pramod Tiwari respectively.

The new team took over formally at the Congress headquarters later in the day.

PTI

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