Don't crib, just deliver: Maken as Delhi Cong boss tells Kejri

The Arvind Kejriwal government needs to start delivering on its promises rather than talking about the limited powers it has for handling key issue, said Ajay Maken, who was appointed the new Delhi Congress chief on Monday.

“The lack of control of Delhi government over police and land is a known fact, the Chief Minister need not repeat this again and again,” said Maken, 51, seeking results on the ground to check rapes and crimes against women.

The Congress too had tried to explain about lack of powers with the Delhi government when crimes against women were raised by the AAP ahead of the 2013 Assembly polls, he said.

“We need to know what the Kejriwal government intends to do despite the limited control over police and DDA,” he said.

Maken also visited the Delhi Congress office where several local leaders congratulated him and offered sweets.

The young leader, who lost the Assembly election, replaced Arvinder Singh who was brought into the party to revive its fate after repeated poor shows in elections in the city. 

“I am confident of rebuilding the party,” said Maken.
Sources said reconstitution of the block-level committees will be his priority along with giving representation to Dalit and Muslim leaders.

Maken quit as the general secretary of the All India Congress Committee soon after the just concluded Assembly poll debacle as he was the head of the campaign committee for the poll.

Since 2012, the Congress has failed to win a majority in any of the election in the city.

The Congress vote share in the February Assembly polls was 9.7 per cent, the lowest ever in the Assembly polls. The vote share of the grand old party in 2014 Lok Sabha polls was 15.1 per cent and the 2013 Assembly poll was 24.6 per cent. 

In the 2013 Assembly elections, the Congress could win only eight of the 70 seats – a loss of 41 seats from 2008.  The 2014 Lok Sabha polls proved to be the worst ever for the party in Delhi. In 2012, the Congress failed to win a majority in even one out of the three civic agencies.

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