The Hush Post|10:35 am| 1-min-read
In an early morning tweet, Ajay Maken said he has resigned as the Delhi Congress president. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has accepted his resignation.
He is believed to have given health reasons for stepping down from the post. However, media reports say it could be part of preparation for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Maken met Rahul Gandhi on Thursday night.
He tweeted “After the 2015 assembly election, in the past four years as Delhi Congress resident, I received immense love and support from Rahul Gandhi, workers and the media. It was not easy in these difficult circumstances. I am grateful.”
Maken had gone for treatment abroad for an ‘irreversible & progressive orthopaedic ailment’ about three months back. Congress leader PC Chacko “filled in” for him.
Chacko has now been given the task to submit a proposal with names of probable candidates. He is likely to meet senior leaders of the party in Delhi to decide on the now vacant post.
Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, former Delhi Assembly speaker Yoganand Shastri and JP Agarwal are top contenders for the next Delhi Congress chief post.
A two-time parliamentarian and former union minister, Maken took the reins of the Delhi Congress in 2015. He had replaced Arvinder Singh Lovely .
He had resigned once before in May 2017 when the party did not perform well in civic polls. But he took it back reportedly after Rahul Gandhi, then vice president, asked him to continue.