The 78 year-old three-time chief minister also admitted to what was suspected all along: "I never wanted to become the CM face."
Toeing the party line, Sheila Dikshit today targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi wondering why he was shying away from an independent probe into the 'Sahara-Birla' papers relating to alleged pay-offs, days after her comments questioning autheticity of the documents put Congress on the backfoot.
Dikshit, who reached here tonight from Delhi as part of Congress' poll campaign, said the state has been going backwards all these years under the regimes of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and BJP.
Much has been written about Congress' choices in Uttar Pradesh - Sheila Dikshit as CM face and Raj Babbar as PCC chief. But, as a senior neta confides, an important point is not said loud enough.
"What you have speculated for so long is true this time. Sheila Dikshit is the CM face for UP," senior leader Janardhan Dwivedi said at a press conference.
Election strategist Prashant Kishor had recommended that Dikshit should play a major role in the party's poll campaign in the state as she is a prominent Brahmin face and could help Congress regain support of the electorally sizeable community.
Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta on June 14 termed as "moral defeat" for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal his government's failure to get Presidential assent to the Office of Profit Bill and demanded his resignation
The four-member fare-fixation committee consisting of officials of Delhi Transport Department will submit its report to the government on fare revision soon.
Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was remembered on his 25th death anniversary on May 21, with several leaders paying homage at his memorial
Jairam Ramesh, who is in Paris to attend a two-day GLOBE COP21 Legislators Summit in the National Assembly, said vehicles of state and central government ministers should also be part of the ban and no exemption should be given. He said that if implemented seriously, the decision will have "constructive impact".
The Congress, which ruled Delhi for 15 years, faced a crushing defeat in the 2013 polls as it managed to get only eight seats in the 70-member Assembly.
Clearly, the real decider will be Modi versus Kejriwal. Can Modi‘s popularity overtake Kejriwal‘s when the stakes are not power at the centre, but in the capital? This is the big question that will be decided in February.
Kejriwal's utterances this week show that he is choosing his words more carefully and also defining his politics more sensibly - indicating that defeat in May 2014 has made him a wiser politician.
The three-time CM courted a controversy recently when she said that the Bharatiya Janata Party should be given an opportunity to form government in Delhi for the good of the people.
Continuing with the filling up of vacancies caused by the sacking, resignation or retirements of incumbents appointed during the previous regime, the Government today picked 82-year-old Singh for Rajasthan, where Margaret Alva completed her tenure earlier this month.
"I have resigned, I did it yesterday and I don't want to comment further," Dikshit, a former Delhi Chief Minister, said.
"These are just speculations," said Dikhsit after her meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday, when asked whether she would resign as Kerala Governor. Sheila is also scheduled to meet President Pranab Mukherjee later in the evening.
Newspapers today were salivating over the prospect of a Narendra Modi versus Arvind Kejriwal battle in Varanasi. It ain't gonna happen. A battle of wits between a tantrum-throwing kid and its parents will always attract attention in the mall, but the issue can be settled only at home once the parents have survived the embarrassment at the mall.
The Supreme Court today agreed to hear Aam Aadmi Party's plea seeking a direction to the Lieutenant Governor to dissolve Delhi Assembly on February 24, with the bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam; and hold fresh polls along with Lok Sabha elections.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is seeking to refurbish its credentials by seeking established non-political brandnames as its candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
AAP opened two fronts by targeting both the BJP and the Congress. Big names were mentioned from both parties, with wild allegations being made against Arun Jaitley, Harsh Vardhan and Narendra Modi.
In a letter to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the newly-formed state government has asked the Centre to remove Delhi from the list of states which have conveyed their agreement to the policy of FDI in multi-brand retail trading.
AAP's crass short-term political motivations and calculations will destroy the very middle class consolidation and political activism that brought it to power. This story will probably not play out in 2014 or in the next Delhi assembly elections, but over the next two years.
However, the intense media naysaying about AAP‘s ability to fulfil its promises is wide off the mark. Like many others, I too believe AAP has made irresponsible promises on water and electricity and many other things.
AAP National Convener Arvind Kejriwal said the decision was taken after a meeting of the party's Political Affairs Committee on Monday morning in which the results of the referendum were discussed. Kejriwal will now meet Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung at 12.30 pm to convey AAP's decision.