New Delhi: Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has reportedly turned down the offer by Congress high command to make her the chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections.
According to an NDTV report, Dikshit has refused to become the CM face of the party for the UP assembly elections.
On June 16, Dikshit met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul in Delhi triggering speculation that she might be named as the CM candidate ahead of the UP polls.
The party had earlier come under strident attack for naming Kamal Nath, a politician long under a 1984 anti-Sikh riots cloud, as party in-charge of Punjab and Haryana.
Buzz also prevailed that Sheila could be appointed as the party’s Punjab and Haryana in-charge after Kamal Nath resigned to party chief Sonia Gandhi, according to news channel India Today report.
It is known that Prashant Kishor, party's election strategist, had earlier met Sheila to discuss a role in UP, had reportedly also suggested that the party name either Rahul or Priyanka Gandhi as its presumptive Chief Minister for the state, but the decision was later dropped.
Sheila's refusal is another major blow for the Congress party for whom the search for UP chief ministerial candidate is far from over.