Sheila Dikshit, former Delhi chief minister, on Thursday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. After their meeting, buzz began that she could be fielded by the party as its chief ministerial candidate in Uttar Pradesh, where elections will be held early next year.
Dikshit stated that there nothing to report regarding this matter. However sources told that the party is closing in on Dikshit’s cadidature for chief minister in the key state, with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, leading the campaign.
For long downgraded to number four in UP behind the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and the BJP, the Congress has launched an energetic bid to stage a comeback in the assembly elections.
To script its campaign it has engaged election strategist Prashant Kishor, who has suggested that the party field a Brahmin candidate for chief minister.
The party leadership reckons that Dikshit’s record of development in Delhi as a three-term chief minister could give her enough flash for the upcoming UP elections. Also her family ties to Uttar Pradesh will stand her in good stead. Dikshit's father in law Uma Shankar Dikshit was a prominent Congressman from UP and served as a central minister and also as a Governor.
Sources further clarifies that she is yet to make up her mind and could also decline such an offer. Congress in charge of UP polls, Ghulam Nabi Azad, today said nobody's name has been decided yet.