04 December, 2020

'When I Say It, I Mean It. I Really Had No Choice. They Fielded Strangers.'

Delhi CM reflects on the Asian Games fiasco, Congress debacle in the recent MCD elections and life after 70, should she have to step down...

Jitender Gupta
'When I Say It, I Mean It. I Really Had No Choice. They Fielded Strangers.'
Widely regarded as one of India's better performing chief ministers, 69-year-old Sheila Dikshit has been applauded for initiating schemes that have made her a darling of Delhi's middle class. The capital's pride, the Metro, CNG and better roads can all be attributed to her tenacity and persistence. However, the good work hasn't earned the CM much goodwill among her many colleagues in the Delhi state unit of the Congress. But Dikshit isn't willing to give up just yet. In an interview to Outlook, she reflects on the Congress debacle in the recent Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, chides partymen for not putting up a united fight and says there's life after 70, even if she has to step down as chief minister. Excerpts from an interview to Anuradha Raman:

It's been a rather disappointing month. First the defeat in the MCD elections, and now Delhi loses the bid to host the 2014 Asian Games. Do you think you lost out due to differences within the Union government? Union sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar wasn't too keen on Delhi hosting the...


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