It took more than three months for the Congress leadership to appoint a new president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee. The seat had fallen vacant after the death of three time Delhi Chief Minister and two term as DPCC president Sheila Dikshit on July 20 of this year.
Subhash Chopra who had served as DPCC president for four years got the nod as there was Opposition of the names of possible candidate. Chopra, a three-time MLA from Kalkaji seat had also served as the Speaker of Delhi Assembly. Former BJP MP Kirti Azad was made the Chairman of Campaign Committee.
Chopra started his political career as a student leader and was elected as president of Delhi University Students Union from 1970 to 71. He has been president of Delhi Congress and this will be his second term as a chief of party Delhi unit.
He was first elected as a member of Delhi Assembly in 1998 and retained his seat in 2003 and 2008. He was Speaker of the Delhi Assembly earlier from June 2003 to December 2003.
Azad, a former cricketer returned to the Delhi Congress after a gap of almost two decades. He was earlier an MLA from Gole market in 1993, but lost the next election and then went over to contest from Dharbhaga in Bihar.
"Congress president has appointed Subhash Chopra as president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC). "Congress president has appointed Kirti Azad as the chairman of the DPCC campaign committee," an official statement said.
Meanwhile, the Congress 'Central Disciplinary Action Committee' on Wednesday issued show cause notice to five of its leader namely Kiran Walia, Mangatram Singhal, Ramakant Goswami, Rohit Manchanda, and Jitendra Kumar Kochar for issuing public statement against the senior party leaders.
"The Committee has asked for an explanation as to why disciplinary action should not be taken against them for issuing public statement against the senior party leaders. They have been asked to explain within 15 days before 17th November, 2019 failing which appropriate action will be initiated against them, it said in a statement issued by Motilal Vora, Member Secretary of CDAC.