New Delhi: Congress’ chief ministerial aspirant, Ajay Maken, quit as the party’s general secretary yesterday after he lost from Sadar Bazar, while his party suffered a rout in the Delhi polls. In a subsequent move, the Delhi in-charge, P C Chacko, also stepped down.
“Yes, both the leaders (Maken and Chacko) have resigned. Maken’s resignation is subject to approval from the party high command (party president Sonia Gandhi). Chacko’s resignation is a mere formality, as his term was supposed to end after the Delhi polls,” party official Tom Vadakkan said.
Maken, who was relegated to the third position with 16,331 votes, was up against incumbent AAP’s Som Dutt Sharma and Praveen Jain of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a constituency that was a Congress bastion for three consecutive terms until Rajesh Jain lost it to the AAP in the 2013 polls.
Sharma reclaimed Sadar Bazar, the largest wholesale market in the national capital, with 67,507 votes. “I take responsibility for the results and have decided to resign as general secretary of the Congress,” Maken said. Gandhi had appointed Chacko as the party in-charge of Delhi in November 2014.
He was filling in for party general secretary Shakeel Ahmad, who had requested the party president to temporarily discharge him of his duties for three months citing personal reason.
No. of votes that Maken got from Sadar Bazar