With the political climate here hotting up in the run-up to the state Assembly elections, Congress deputy chief Rahul Gandhi has convened a meeting of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Thursday.
And the conclave, to be held at the DPCC headquarters, will be attended by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, DPCC chief J P Agarwal, MPs, MLAs and party councillors. A political strategy to counter the Opposition campaign against the Congress Government will be chalked out at the meeting.
Last year, the Congress lost elections in the three municipal corporations in Delhi with the BJP emerging victorious in all the three.
And this was viewed by the Congress top brass as a success of the BJP campaign which largely focused on the corruption and scams which had tainted the Congress-led UPA-II.
Also, the Dikshit Government had come in for severe criticism from the Opposition on the issue of water scarcity and the steep rise in the power tariffs, thereby making it a major plank in the upcoming polls.
The BJP as well as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have based their pre-poll campaign on the water and power tariff issue which will of considerable interest to the largely urban electorate. Moreover, Delhi Lokayukta Manmohan Sarin has come down heavily on Dikshit on two issues -- misuse of government funds for advertisement in the run-up to the 2008 Assembly elections, as well as using her photo in the ‘loan forms’ issued by the state government. Over the past two months, the DPCC has been organising rallies and padayatras in various areas here, which were attended by the Chief Minister and the DPPC chief.