- Hurt by the way AAP spoke about Rajeev Gandhi in assembly: Sheila Dixit
- AAP and BJP both are an equal challenge to Congress, she added
- Sheila Dikshit takes over as Delhi Congress chief from Ajay Maken
Sheila Dikshit, who takes over as Delhi Congress chief from Ajay Maken, said today that there is "no talk of any alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)" yet. "AAP and BJP both are an equal challenge to us, we will meet the challenges together," said the three-time chief minister.
"The way they talked about Rajiv Gandhi in the assembly... we were hurt by it and it was not right," she said. "There have been no talks with AAP," she added, responding to questions.
Ms Dikshit takes over from Ajay Maken, who quit in the beginning of this month citing health reasons. There was speculation, however, that Mr Maken did not see eye-to-eye with the party leadership on the possibility of an alliance for the upcoming national election with Arvind Kejriwal's party, which came to power in Delhi in 2015 after decimating the Congress.
Mr Maken was seen as the hurdle in the Congress's plan to cobble a grand opposition grouping, which could include AAP in Delhi.
"Politics is a game of challenges, we will strategise accordingly," said Ms Dikshit.
"The Congress high command led by Rahul Gandhi will decide the profit and loss of the alliance and mahagathbandhan, we will follow whatever will be the decision of high command," she commented.
To a question on party chief Rahul Gandhi as president, she said: "We want Rahul Gandhi to be the PM of the nation, the rest depends on time."
AAP has sharpened its attack on the Congress after Sheila Dikshit's appointment as Delhi chief.
The party's Gopal Rai said the AAP political affairs committee would take a call on any tie-up with Congress, but added: "There is no time to wait and our preparations have started in all the seven constituencies in Delhi."
The Delhi minister also said the Congress had lost all elections in Delhi over the past few years and would only cut into AAP's votes.