PC Chacko's letter to Sheila Dikshit over dissolving Delhi panels sparks row

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PC Chacko's letter to Sheila Dikshit over dissolving Delhi panels sparks row

All India Congress Committee in-charge for Delhi, PC Chacko, and three working presidents of the party wrote letters to Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit, objecting to the announcement of district and block-level observers.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge for Delhi, PC Chacko, and three working presidents of the party wrote letters to Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit on Saturday, objecting to the announcement of district and block-level observers.

Three executive leaders of the party's Delhi unit- Haroon Yusuf, Devendra Yadav and Rajesh Lilothia- expressed displeasure by writing a letter to Rahul Gandhi.

Previously, Congress executive chairmen had questioned the working style of Delhi party president Sheila Dikshit.

PC Chacko had alleged that Sheila Dikshit appointed 14 district Congress committee observers and 280 block Congress committee observers without informing him. The AICC in-charge said that this is a one-sided decision and he did not get any information about this. In his letter to Sheila Dikshit, PC Chacko termed the appointments as unauthorised.

PC Chacko said that Sheila Dikshit's decision to dissolve the 280 block committees was already stayed by him so the appointment of block observers was not only unauthorised but would create differences and conflict.

On Friday, Sheila Dikshit had announced names of district and block-level observers to strengthen the party body in view of the Assembly elections due early next year.

Senior leaders including former ministers were appointed as district observers to supervise appointments to the post of presidents of 280 block committees of the party in the capital.

In a series of tweets, Congress working president Rajesh Lilothia said, "We have lodged a complaint against the objection which was filed. This is a democratic process in Congress. Writing a letter is our expression. And whenever any decisions are taken. There are many opponents of it. And not everyone can be satisfied. With this, whatever is happening in the party. He is in the interest of the party."

PC Chacko also claimed that the decision was taken without consulting three working presidents and him as in-charge of Delhi Congress. "I am sorry to say that a senior leader of your stature should not have flouted the AICC directive and taken this decision leading to differences and conflict in the rank and file of the party," Chacko wrote to Sheila Dikshit.

Meanwhile, Delhi Congress spokesperson Jitender Kochar defended the appointment of observers by Sheila Dikshit and said, "It is unfortunate they are objecting to her decisions."