Terming Rahul Gandhi as “future hope” of the country, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday said everybody was waiting for him to play a vital role in national affairs.

“It is for him (Rahul Gandhi) to make up his mind for assuming such a role as everybody is waiting for it,” she told reporters here in response to a question.

She also described the Congress general secretary as “the future hope of the country”.

Responding to another question pertaining to exodus of people hailing from the North-East region from various parts of the country, Ms. Dikshit said that people from the North-Eastern States who are residing in Delhi are completely safe.

She said her government had made foolproof security arrangements for them in the wake of recent developments.

To another query, she said plans are afoot to authorise several unauthorised colonies in Delhi. She, however, brushed aside a suggestion that the move had anything to do with the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections.

She also said that Metro rail services to Delhi airport, which were closed at present, were being rescheduled after a thorough checking. “These will resume in the coming days,” she added.

Earlier, in her seven-minute convocation address at Kamla Nehru College for Women here, Ms. Dikshit told the students that no gift was greater than education. “Education will stand in good stead not only in your personal life but also as good citizens,” she told the young graduates.

Batting for women’s education, she said education will make young women good housewives, good mothers and builders of a great nation.

Delhi Health & Family Welfare Minister Kiran Walia gave away prizes to meritorious students. - PTI