New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and DPCC chief J P Agarwal, who have been at loggerheads on various issues, on Thursday heaped praise on each other and resolved to fight the upcoming assembly polls together to ensure an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory for the Congress.
"If we remain united under J P Aggarwalji, then nobody can defeat us. We must forget the differences. He understands the Congress and I am confident we will win the polls," Dikshit told a function organised to felicitate newly- appointed AICC in-charge for Delhi Shakeel Ahmed.
"Aggarwalji has experience. He understands the party well. There may be differences in a family which is quite natural. But it should remain a family affair," she said, exhorting party workers to start preparation for both assembly and Lok Sabha polls.
Assembly polls in Delhi are scheduled to be held in November while Lok Sabha election is due in April.
In his speech, Aggarwal praised Dikshit for "changing the face" of Delhi in the last 14 years and said the Congress government has ensured welfare of every section of the society.
"Sheila Dikshit has changed the face of the city. Our government has done everything possible to benefit every section of the society. We will not have great difficulty in winning the polls for fourth successive term as our government has earned peoples` support throgh their performance," he said.
"I express my gratitude to Dikshit for doing lot of good work. She wiped tears of all section. She is among ten great politicians of the country," he said.
Dikshit said when Congress President Sonia Gandhi makes a decision it becomes final direction and every must respect it.
"When the High Command makes a decision, then it becomes a final line for us," she said.
Speaking on the occasion, AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi supported Aggarwal`s observation and said Ahmed`s appointment as in-charge of Delhi will further strengthen the party.
Ahmed, in his address, said he would try to bridge "differences" in the party`s Delhi unit if there are any.
"If there are differences, then I will try to bridge the
differences. There may be communication gap between brother and sister. Our role is to bridge the gap. When we become united, we become stronger," Ahmed said.
"Both Dikshit and Aggarwal used the same language. Both are big leaders in the city," he said.
Exuding confidence of party`s victory in the assembly polls, he said Dikshit is like a "guardian" of the city who has ensured inclusive growth in her over 14-year tenure as chief minister.
Ahmed expressed gratitude to the Congress chief for giving him a "prestigious" assignment and resolved to make the party stronger.
Aggarwal and Dikshit have been at loggerheads on various issues in the last few years and the chief minister`s supporters had even pressed for change of DPCC leadership couple of months back.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in a brainstorming session at DPCC last month had strictly told Delhi Congress leaders to work in close cooperation with each other so that the party retained power in the assembly polls slated for November.
Underlining the need for better coordination between the party and the government, Rahul had even indicated that he will not hesitate to take tough action against those violating discipline. "The Congress President is soft. But I am not soft.
I will not tolerate indiscipline. We must work unitedly," he had told the meeting.
All senior Delhi Congress leaders were present at the function held at the DPCC office in Central Delhi.