Ajay Maken resigns as Delhi Congress chief

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Ajay Maken on Friday resigned as Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief four years after he was appointed at the post. Maken has been suffering from poor health for quite some time, but some reports said that the 54-year-old leader may be given a new role at the central level.

Ajay Maken

Maken reportedly met Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday night before announcing his resignation. He may even given a Lok Sabha ticket from one of the seven Delhi seats in this year’s parliamentary elections.

The former union minister tweeted, “After the 2015 assembly polls, I received plenty of love and cooperation as the Delhi Congress president from Rahul Gandhi, media that covers Delhi and Congress workers. This was not easy in such difficult circumstances. I am truly grateful.”

Maken was reportedly against the talks of an alliance with Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party. In September, the party had denied reports of Maken resigning stating that he had only left India for treatment and not quit from his post.

Maken had offered to resigned in 2017 when the party performed poorly in the city’s civil polls. But his resignation was not accepted.

Maken had taken over the control of the Delhi unit of the Congress from Arvinder Singh Lovely three years ago.

Maken was asked to sort out his differences with the former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit last year in February by Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Directed by Gandhi, Maken had met Dikshit, who was the chief minister of Delhi for 15 years, in February and requested her to play more active role.

Maken had later tweeted after his meeting with Dikshit, “Met Mrs Sheila Dikshit and requested her for more active role in Delhi Congress. Delhi now remembers her for a sane and development oriented governance. Sheila ji had a great role in mentoring me as her Cabinet minister. We will all work together to regain the glory of Delhi.”

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