Dismissing news of Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken’s resignation, highly placed sources in Congress said Maken will be back on September 20. He had not been keeping well for some time now
Dismissing news of Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken’s resignation, highly placed source in the Congress party informed NH that Maken will be back on September 20.
According to sources in #Congress, #AjayMaken handed his resignation to Congress chief #RahulGandhi and senior party leader and in charge of Congress Delhi #PCChacko on 13 September. The party, however, has not accepted the resignation yet.https://t.co/3uBOIPihyd
— Firstpost (@firstpost) September 18, 2018
“Ajay Maken has not been keeping well for some time but due to back-to-back political engagements, he could not take leave. He led protests organised by Delhi Congress on petrol price hike and Rafale scam. Then came the DUSU election. He addressed a conference on the issue. After that he met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and AICC Delhi in-charge PC Chacko before leaving abroad for a health check-up. He well be back on Sep 20,” said a senior Congress leader on the condition of anonymity.
Two former ministers of the erstwhile Shiela Dixit government have also denied news of Makan’s resignation, terming it “baseless and speculative”
Paid media doing the breaking news again citing Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken has resigned.
FACT CHECK: Congress clarifies #AjayMaken hasn't submitted resignation.
Yet another diversion from the core issues affecting middle-class. pic.twitter.com/bis8e3MbGx
— Desi Bhai 🇮🇳 (@DesiPoliticks) September 18, 2018
Senior Delhi Congress leaders including Harun Yusuf and Arvinder Singh Lovely are expected to address a presser on the issue later on Tuesday afternoon.
Many in the media who had reported that Maken had resigned, went on to speculate that now a Congress-AAP alliance would materialise soon in Delhi.
Maken has opposed any kind of electoral understanding with AAP in Delhi. And according to sources, he even apprised Congress president Rahul Gandhi about the same. Based on inputs from the Delhi wing of the party, Rahul Gandhi has also opposed any alliance with the AAP in principle, a highly placed source in the party told NH.
WHO IS AJAY MAKN?
Ajay Maken is a politician from the Indian National Congress party. He was twice elected as a Member of the Parliament of India, and three times to the Delhi Legislative Assembly.He was the President of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee.
Ajay Makan: we are loosing ground in Delhi
Rahul Gandhi: So what
AM: AAP is exposed but still holding their grip on Muslim votes
RG: So what
AM: Our alliance with AAP will a death blow for us in long term
RG: So what
AM: are you listening?
RG: Aww my Pidi
AM: I quit#AjayMaken
— World Hindu Association (WHA) (@GlobalHindu2020) September 18, 2018
Maken has been a two-time Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha from 2004-2010) and three-time Member of Legislative Assembly of Delhi (from 1993-2004).
At the National level, Maken was the youngest Union Cabinet Minister from the Congress Party for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (2012–13),Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Sports and Youth Affairs (2011–12), Union Minister of State for Home Affairs (2009-2011), Union Minister of State for Urban Development (2006-2007)
At the State level, he was Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly (2003–04) at the age of 39, Maken was the youngest Speaker in the Country, a Cabinet Minister of Power, Transport and Tourism (2001-2003) at the age of 37, the youngest till that time and Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (1998-2001).
— Indiacom (@indiacom) September 18, 2018
Maken was the first NSUI candidate in a direct election to be elected as the President of Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) in 1985, the first B.Sc Chemistry(Hons) final year student in this post