Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar
NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president J. P. Agarwal met Congress president Sonia Gandhi separately on Saturday to discuss various issues.
During the meeting with the Congress president, both the Delhi leaders are understood to have discussed the issue of cooperation between the Congress Government and the Congress party in Delhi. They also pointed out various anomalies in the Central Pay Commission which had created a disenchantment among officers who feel they have ended up getting a raw deal.
The two Delhi leaders also underlined the need to be more aggressive on the issue of fuel prices. It was pointed out that even in China, where the prices were raised by up to 18 per cent, there have been problems pertaining to supply of fuel. While no such problems are visible in Delhi, people need to be better informed about the causes which led to the hike so that they may appreciate the measures taken by the Congress-led Government at the Centre.
The meeting between the Congress president and the two Delhi leaders assumes significance as Delhi is headed for an Assembly election later this year. Incidentally, Ms. Dikshit and Mr. Agarwal, who shared a dais during a meeting of the Delhi State Saini Sabha at the DPCC headquarters here on Saturday, have not been on the best of terms over lately. Ms. Dikshit was not particularly pleased with the manner in which distribution of tickets had taken place during the recent Delhi Cantonment Board elections which the Congress lost.