New Delhi: Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday was appointed the new president of the Delhi Congress, succeeding Ajay Maken who quit earlier in the month on health grounds.
Making the announcement, All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of the party's Delhi unit, P C Chacko, said "Congress President Rahul Gandhi has appointed Sheila Dikshit as the new Delhi Congress President. He added that Dikshit would be assisted by three working presidents -- Devender Yadav, Haroon Yusuf and Rajesh Lilotia.
Chacko said there were no talks within the Delhi unit about alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and that the party was fully prepared to contest the parliamentary election on its own.
Maken congratulated Dikshit, saying that under her leadership the Congress party would play the role of a powerful opposition against the governments in the national capital led by Arvind Kejriwal and at the Centre led by Narendra Modi.
"Congratulations and well wishes to Sheila Dikshit on being appointed as president of Delhi Congress. I had the opportunity to work and learn under her as a parliamentary secretary and as a cabinet minister. I believe under her leadership we will play the role of a powerful opposition against Modi+Kejriwal governments," Maken tweeted in Hindi.
Eighty-year-old Dikshit has been a three-time chief minister of Delhi.