Congress picks Sheila Dikshit as CM candidate for UP polls 2017


New Delhi: Sheila Dikshit, the former Delhi chief minister, will be Congress's chief ministerial candidate in Uttar Pradesh where Assembly elections are due early next year. “You can call her our CM candidate or the face of our elections, but we have chosen Sheila Dikshit ji to head our campaign,” Congress said.

"It's a huge responsibility and I want to thank Congress high command. I hope I live up to the expectation of the party. I am not a stranger to Uttar Pradesh. I have had a lot of political involvement in the state," Dikshit said reacting to the announcement.  "I am a bahu of Uttar Pradesh and there's no retirement age in politics," Dikhsit, 78, had told journalists earlier.

Congress also announced that it will form a committee for the UP polls that are scheduled to be held in 2017. The Committee Chairman will be Pramod Tiwari, and it will have several members, some of them being; Salman Khurshid, Rajiv Shukla, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Sri Prakash Jaiswal.

The announcement comes amidst speculation that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will also play a key role for Congress party in the UP polls. Dikshit is incidentally facing inquiry for her alleged role in a Rs 400 crore water tanker scam in Delhi. Congress, which has suffered a series of defeats after the 2014 poll debacle, is looking to make a strong comeback in the crucial UP polls. Incidentally, UP was the state that helped BJP bag a simple majority in the Lok Sabha polls.