After serving three terms in Delhi as Chief Minister, now Congress veteran Sheila Dikshit was declared Uttar Pradesh’s CM candidate by the party ahead of assembly poll-2017, on Thursday.
“I am ready to do whatever the party wants me to as a foot soldier,” she earlier told media but recently she has also been summoned by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) for her alleged role in the water tanker scam.
Announcing the party's decision, senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi said "She has been selected for her experience and good work."
"It's a huge responsibility and I want to thank Congress high command," Sheila Dikshit said reacting to the announcement.
"Priyanka Gandhi is a very popular leader and I will be happy if she campaigns extensively in the state," Sheila hoped.
Congress earlier on Tuesday had announced Raj Babbar as the president of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee.
Election strategist Prashant Kishor had recommended that Dikshit should play a major role in the party's poll campaign in the state as she is a prominent Brahmin face and could help Congress regain support of the electorally sizeable community.
Dikshit had met party President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi last month during which she was said to have been sounded by them for a leading role in UP.