A week after meeting all the Delhi MPs, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday met Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Delhi unit president J.P. Agarwal and AICC general secretary in-charge of Delhi Birender Singh to discuss threadbare the ego and coordination problems afflicting the party in the Capital.
According to sources, the meeting was also attended by Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, AICC general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP from Delhi Janardhan Dwivedi and AICC secretary Anees Ahmad.
The Delhi leaders are learnt to have “done their home work” before the meeting with Mr. Gandhi to give the answers to a questionnaire that had been circulated to them earlier.
The questionnaire pertained to the functioning and coordination of the Congress party and the Delhi Government. Party sources said the senior leaders had been told earlier to come prepared with various initiatives undertaken by them. These also pertained to conduct of meetings at the State, block and district levels and answers on how and why the party had not fared well in the last municipal election in 2012.
The meeting came at a time when speculation is rife about Mr. Agarwal’s continuation as DPCC chief as both Ms. Dikshit and Mr. Singh have openly opposed him at various party fora in the recent past. Many believe that the disconnect between the Government and the party would not augur well for the its prospects in the Assembly elections due later this year and could also have a bearing on the Lok Sabha elections too.