Dikshit meets Sonia, argues for splitting MCD

With consensus eluding within Congress on splitting the MCD, CM Sheila Dikshit met Sonia Gandhi and explained to her the rationale behind the proposal to divide the civic body ahead of next year`s municipal polls.

Last Updated: May 26, 2011, 23:01 PM IST

New Delhi: With consensus eluding within
Congress on splitting the MCD, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday met Sonia Gandhi and explained to her the rationale
behind the proposal to divide the civic body ahead of next
year`s municipal polls.

During the half-an-hour meeting with Gandhi, Dikshit
strongly argued for splitting the MCD on the ground that
dividing the civic body will enhance its performance while
seeking reservation of 50 per cent seats for women instead of
current 33 per cent.
"The issue of splitting the MCD figured in the
meeting. Dikshit explained to her about the proposal," AICC
sources told PTI.

Although Dikshit has been strongly pushing for
splitting the MCD ahead of next year`s municipal polls, DPCC
president J P Aggarwal and several other leaders are opposing
it tooth and nail saying majority in the party was not in
favour of the proposal.

Sources said Aggarwal has sent a letter to Gandhi
earlier this week seeking status quo till next year`s
municipal election and opposing increase in quota for women
from 33 per cent to 50 per cent.

"Aggarwal has sought status quo till the election. In
his letter, he said the proposal should be examined after the
election," they said.
A high-level meeting last week among Dikshit, Gandhi`s
Political Secretary Ahmed Patel, AICC General Secretary
in-charge of Delhi Birender Singh and Aggarwal, failed to
arrive at a consensus on the issue and left it to the party
chief to take a final decision.

PTI