Dikshit letter brings Delhi Cong war into open

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NEW DELHI: The infighting in the faction-ridden Delhi Congress is out in the open. Almost three months after Sheila Dikshit’s death, her son and former MP Sandeep Dikshit has written to the party’s Delhi in-charge, P C Chacko, allegedly blaming him for her sudden demise and demanding an apology.
While Chacko and Dikshit refused to reveal the letter’s contents, some Congress leaders said Dikshit was “really saddened” by the way Sheila was treated when she was making “organisational changes” in the state unit.
Demand for sacking Chacko: Matter now with disciplinary committee
At a hurriedly called press conference after the letter’s purported contents were reported in the media, some Delhi Congress leaders blamed Chacko for leaking a personal letter written to him by Dikshit and demanded his immediate removal from the party post and an inquiry against him.
Another section questioned the timing of the letter, saying it would have carried weight had Dikshit written it earlier.
Dikshit told reporters that it was a “personal letter” written by him to Chacko. “It’s a personal letter to Chacko. If Chacko wants to leak it and talk about it, it is his prerogative,” he said.
Chacko confirmed that he had received a letter from Dikshit two days ago and had forwarded it to the interim party president Sonia Gandhi. “He has made some wild and nasty allegations against me. I have forwarded the letter to the party president,” Chacko said.
Sources said Sonia Gandhi has now referred the matter to the party’s disciplinary committee. She had also called Sandeep Dikshit for a discussion.
After Sheila’s sudden demise in July this year, Dikshit, a two-term Congress MP from East Delhi, had openly blamed AICC general secretary Chacko. Sheila, who was Delhi Congress president during the last Lok Sabha polls, didn’t agree with Chacko on many issues related to party matters.
A section of Delhi Congress leaders close to Sheila had also claimed that the former chief minister had written a detailed letter to Sonia, just a day before her death, giving details of how she was being “constantly harassed” by Chacko and how her political decisions were being overturned by Chacko. But the letter never came into the public domain.
At a press conference on Friday, party leaders Mangat Ram Singhal, Kiran Walia and Delhi Congress spokespersons Ramakant Goswami and Jitender Kochar also levelled allegations of corruption against Chacko and demanded that Sonia form a committee to probe the matter.
“The letter was leaked by Chacko who claimed that it was a political letter. He should resign or the party high command should sack him. We also demand formation of a committee to probe his role as AICC in-charge of Delhi Congress,” Singhal said.
Chacko has already urged the party leadership to relieve him from his post, saying he wants to focus on his home state, Kerala.

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